Dr. Linda Mills Woolsey, professor of English, vice president for academic affairs, and dean of the college at Houghton College, in Houghton, N.Y., has been elected to a four-year term on the National Board of the Lilly Fellows Program (LFP) in Humanities and the Arts.

“I am looking forward to working with the LFP National Board on projects that benefit church-related schools, their faculty, and students nationwide. I hope that my work with the board will benefit colleges in our region and increase national visibility for Houghton College,” said Woolsey.

Founded in 1991, the Lilly Fellows Program in Humanities and the Arts seeks to strengthen the quality and shape the character of church-related institutions of learning. It does so by offering postdoctoral teaching fellowships for young scholars, who wish to renew their sense of vocation within a Christian community of learning. Additionally, the program supports young men and women of exceptional academic talent who are exploring vocations in church-related higher education during their first three years of graduate school.

The program works to maintain a collaborative national network of church-related colleges and universities that sponsors a variety of activities and publications designed to explore the Christian character of the academic vocation and to strengthen the religious nature of church-related institutions. Houghton College has been among the 97 schools in said network for the past decade with Woolsey as its representative.

“It is certainly an honor to be included in a group that is national in scope and includes academic leaders from a variety of church-related institutions. This is a great group of people—I have interacted with LFP leaders and board members and admire their passion for academic and Christian integrity and their commitment to encouraging dialogue that crosses denominational and regional boundaries,” added Woolsey.