Jill Dolan
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Jill Dolan, Princeton’s dean of the college since 2015, will step down from her administrative role at the end of the 2023-24 academic year and begin a two-year sabbatical to focus on research and writing, the University announced Sept. 7. She plans to retire in 2026.

President Christopher Eisgruber ’83, in a Princeton release, called Dolan “a wise and wonderful dean, as well as a generous colleague, whose good work has benefited this University and its students tremendously throughout her time in office.”

Dolan, a professor of English and theater, oversees academic life for the University’s undergraduates and was a key figure on campus during the COVID pandemic, communicating frequently with students about
changing guidelines, from the move to remote learning in March 2020 through the return to in-person classes in September 2021. Her term also included planning for and launching an undergraduate expansion, which is expected to add about 500 students by the fall of 2025.

Dolan, whose academic interests span theater and drama, gender and sexuality studies, and American studies, joined the Princeton faculty in 2008.