President Rowe became William & Mary's 28th president on July 1, 2018. A recognized leader, teacher, scholar and entrepreneur, Rowe is a passionate advocate for the relevance of the liberal arts and their critical intersections with technology and research. She is deeply interested in design thinking, innovation within the liberal arts and the digital humanities. Her areas of research and scholarship include Shakespeare, Milton, Spenser, media history and Medieval and Renaissance drama.
Prior to joining William & Mary, Rowe held a number of leadership positions in higher education. From 2014 to 2018, she was provost, dean of the faculty and Sophia Smith Professor of English Language & Literature at Smith College in Massachusetts. She also served as interim vice president for Inclusion, Diversity and Equity with a focus on campus engagement and inclusion.
Rowe and her husband, Bruce Jacobson, have two adult children, Danny and Beah.