stanford_headshotWEB_270Linda Seestedt-Stanford

Vice President, Health Sciences

Linda Seestedt-Stanford joined the team at Mary Baldwin University and the Murphy Deming College of Health Science from Western Carolina University (WCU), where she served as founding dean of the College of Health and Human Sciences, as well as interim provost and senior vice chancellor for academic affairs. While at WCU, Seestedt-Stanford oversaw 11 accredited programs in the health sciences, six at the graduate level. Among her many achievements, Seestedt-Stanford helped to create the vision and coordinated planning for a 170,000-square-foot health sciences building on WCU’s new “Millennial Campus.” Previously, Seestedt-Stanford was founding assistant dean at The Herbert H. and Grace A. Dow College of Health Professions at Central Michigan University (CMU), where she also supervised a new building project for that college. The new building was designated by the Chronicle of Higher Education (2005) as the most technologically advanced educational facility in the country.  Prior to her tenure in the dean’s office at CMU, Seestedt-Stanford was director of clinical instruction and services in the Department of Communication Disorders. In that capacity she expanded clinical services to deaf and hard of hearing individuals in central and northern Michigan, creating numerous satellite facilities.  In her role as a faculty member she mentored and supported a new generation of audiologists and helped initiate one of the first doctor of audiology programs in the nation. She has held numerous state and national board positions and has published widely in her field. Additionally, Seestedt-Stanford maintained a private practice for more than 20 years in Mount Pleasant, Michigan.

She earned a PhD in higher, adult, and lifelong education at Michigan State University; in her role at Mary Baldwin University, Seestedt-Stanford is helping create the overall vision and mission for the Murphy Deming College of Health Sciences, leading the development of new academic programs, attracting and recruiting new faculty, and creating partnerships — within the college community and beyond.