Dr. Adrian Tinsley was named Bridgewater State College's first woman president in 1989. Her accomplishments include establishing three new schools within the college, expanding undergraduate and graduate degree offerings, obtaining $10 million in instructional technology, and acquiring more than 70 acres of land and $90 million in state funding for four new campus buildings.
Dr. Tinsley received her bachelor's degree from Bryn Mawr College, a master's degree from the University of Washington and a Ph.D. from Cornell University. She also studied at the University of Bristol in England and at Harvard University. She was awarded an honorary doctor of humane letters from UMD in 1996.
She taught at Cornell University and the University of Maryland, and was founding dean and faculty member at William James College at the Grand Valley State Colleges in Michigan. She was associate vice chancellor for academic affairs for the Minnesota State University system from 1982-1985 and executive vice president and provost at Glassboro State College in New Jersey.
Dr. Tinsley has served on boards for the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC), American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU), and the American Council on Education (ACE).
In recognition of her many accomplishments and leadership skills, she received the 1999 Leadership Award from the Massachusetts Chapter of the American Council on Education's National Identification Program.