Beilock was appointed to serve as president of Barnard College, a women’s college affiliated with Columbia University in New York, in 2017. Previously, she spent 12 years in administrative roles at the University of Chicago. Outside of her work as an administrator, Beilock is a cognitive scientist specializing in the psychology of “choking under pressure” and performing in high-stress situations.
In the school’s statement, the chair of Dartmouth’s board of trustees, Elizabeth Cahill Lempres, called Beilock “a leader with the aspirational vision to build our research enterprise, further our tradition of excellence in undergraduate education, and expand our global impact.”
“Sian’s election in this, our 50th year of coeducation at Dartmouth, was enthusiastic and unanimous,” Lempres said.