Higher Education Resource Services (HERS)

HERS (Higher Education Resource Services) is an educational non-profit providing leadership and management development for women in higher education administration. Since 1972 HERS has served the higher education community, preparing more than 4300 women faculty and administrators for leadership roles. Today HERS Alumnae are active on over 1200 campuses across the USA, South Africa, Botswana, India, Nigeria, Saudi Arabia, Micronesia, and Caribbean region. The campuses served include public and private institutions in all Carnegie categories. Currently, over 500 HERS alumnae now serve in senior level positions.
Our sister program, HERS-SA, provides an annual academy for women from across Africa. We are particularly proud that Her Excellency Naledi Pandor, South Africa's Minister of Education, is a HERS alumna. A special HERS Archives project has allowed us to collect material about these programs and other information about the status of professional women in higher education. Through other HERS Connections, we continue to work with other organizations to advance women leaders and support their contributions to achieving excellence and equity throughout our academic institutions.


1901 East Asbury Avenue
Denver, CO 80208-1002
Ph. (303) 871-3975
Fx. (303) 871-6766


Principal Staff

Stacey Farnum, Research Associate
Ph. (303) 871-6866
Email: SFarnum@du.edu

Janell Gotier-Juanda, Executive and Financial Assistant
Ph. (303) 871-6472
Email: Janell.Gotier-Juanda@du.edu

Shannon Martin-Roebuck, Director of Operations
Ph. (303) 871-3975
E-mail: shannon.martin-roebuck@du.edu

Suzanne Sable, Program and Communications Coordinator
Ph. (303) 871-6866
E-mail: Suzanne.Sable@du.edu

Elizabeth Suarez, Director
E-mail: elizabeth.suarez@du.edu

Judith S. White, President and Executive Director
Ph. (303) 871-6524
E-mail: jwhite28@du.edu

Featured Events


Projects & Campaigns

HERS Institutes

Each of the three Institutes—HERS Bryn Mawr, HERS Denver and HERS Wellesley—deliberately seeks a diverse group of approximately 70 women leaders to share and learn from their multiple perspectives under the guidance of women faculty from higher education, national organizations, government and foundations.  The participants are sponsored by a range of institutional types from different regions of the country.  HERS Institute participants generally hold mid- to senior-level positions and bring expertise from many academic disciplines and organizational specialties.  They also represent a range of ethnic and national groups, ages and years of experience in higher education and other related fields.

HERS in Africa

The HERS South Africa Program, funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, began in 2000. Over the course of the first four years, 73 women travelled from South Africa to Wellesley College to participate in carefully tailored training opportunities and to observe administrative practice at U.S. colleges and universities. Participants were paired with women leaders at host institutions including Bryn Mawr College, Mount Holyoke College, Smith College, Amherst College, Bridgewater State College, and the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.  Curriculum focused on strategic planning, change leadership, human resource development and institutional effectiveness.


Reports & Resources


HERS Archives

HERS is a national leadership development program for women in higher education administration. The office sponsors professional development activities designed to improve the professional capacities and status of women in higher education. The Summer Institute for Women in Higher Education Administration co-sponsored by HERS and Bryn Mawr College was first held in 1976. Since then over two-thousand women administrators from the United States Canada, South Africa, Saudi Arabia, Nigeria, the Virgin Islands, Guam, Bermuda, Sweden, Wales, Iran, Singapore, and the Netherlands have attended. The HERS Management Institute at Wellesley College was first held in 1978 and there are over one-thousand alumnae. The HERS office has been located at the University of Denver since 1982 and in 2004 moved into the Merle Catherine Chambers Center for the Advancement of Women.