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Summer Johnson McGee, Ph.D., CPH, is a prominent advocate for the education and advancement of women in Health Leadership, for the advancement of diversity, and for the power of educational innovation. She received the American College of Healthcare Executives Distinguished Faculty Regents Award in 2014, was named in 2015 one of the Top 50 U.S. Healthcare Management Professors, and was recognized as one of Connecticut Magazine’s “40 Under 40” in 2019.


President McGee's Biography

Summer Johnson McGee, Ph.D., CPH, is a prominent advocate for the education and advancement of women in Health Leadership, for the advancement of diversity, and for the power of educational innovation. She received the American College of Healthcare Executives Distinguished Faculty Regents Award in 2014, was named in 2015 one of the Top 50 U.S. Healthcare Management Professors, and was recognized as one of Connecticut Magazine’s “40 Under 40” in 2019.

As the Founding Dean of the School of Health Sciences at the University of New Haven, Dr. McGee accomplished an ambitious strategic plan overseeing the creation of more than a dozen new in-person and online undergraduate and graduate level academic programs, including one of the only professional doctoral programs in health sciences in the nation. Under her leadership, the University of New Haven’s healthcare management graduate program became the ninth largest in the nation, including its executive program at Yale-New Haven Hospital, both of which were accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Management Education and became the only program of its kind in Southern New England. She also led the University of New Haven’s COVID-19 response and became a sought after academic and media expert related to COVID-19 in the last year.

Dr. McGee has published widely on social, political, and ethical issues in healthcare and biomedical science with a particular focus on the importance of education and public engagement for solving problems of public health. Her comments have appeared in major international and national media including the New York Times, ABC News, USA Today, NBC News, Buzzfeed, Cheddar, the New York Post, the Los Angeles Times, the Houston Chronicle, Associated Press, Newsday, Yahoo Finance, and the Boston Herald. A respected educator, Dr. McGee received the University of New Haven’s Excellence in Teaching award in 2017.

Dr. McGee holds a PhD in Bioethics & Health Policy from The Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health and graduated summa cum laude with a BA in Philosophy and a BA in Bioethics from Indiana University Bloomington (IU). She also is a graduate of the Harvard University Graduate School of Education Management Development Program. Before joining the University of New Haven, Dr. McGee served on the faculty of Loyola University Chicago, the University of Kansas School of Medicine, and Albany Medical College.

She is married to Glenn McGee, Interim Dean of Admissions at Salem College.

Messages from President McGee

Dalton, Maddrey and Monroe Join Salem Academy

Tuesday, September 20, 2022
Salem Academy—the only all-girls, boarding and day high school located on a college campus with a STEAM focus in the United States—has added three team members to its residence life staff.

2021 – 2022: Year in Review

Monday, July 11, 2022
An overview of the successes from the past year.

Honoring Juneteenth

Friday, June 17, 2022
This Sunday, June 19 marks 157 years since the Emancipation Proclamation was enforced, freeing the last enslaved African Americans in Galveston, Texas from bondage.

Introducing President McGee

Thursday, June 10, 2021
Salem Academy and College is pleased to announce the appointment of Summer Johnson McGee, Ph.D., CPH as the 22nd President of the institution. Dr. McGee is currently the Founding Dean of the School of Health Sciences at the University of New Haven in West Haven, Connecticut and will assume her new role at Salem starting July 1, 2021.

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Hurricane Ian: Important Campus Information

Friday, September 30, 2022
Salem Academy and College will suspend operations starting on Friday, September 30 at noon. All classes, institution-sponsored travel and activities will be suspended.

Salem Academy Students Anticipate Family Weekend—But First, Senior Day and Ring Banquet

Friday, September 23, 2022
This is a fun-filled week on the campus of Salem Academy—a week filled with time-honored traditions and highly anticipated observances.

Dalton, Maddrey and Monroe Join Salem Academy

Tuesday, September 20, 2022
Salem Academy—the only all-girls, boarding and day high school located on a college campus with a STEAM focus in the United States—has added three team members to its residence life staff.