Colonel nominated to be West Point's next dean would be first woman in role

West Point has announced the recent nomination of Col. Cindy Jebb would make her the first female dean in the school’s 200-plus-year history, the Army Times reports.

Jebb has been nominated to be the U.S. Military Academy’s next dean of the academic board. Jebb, a member of West Point’s Class of 1982 and the head of the academy’s social sciences department since 2013, would succeed Brig Gen. Tim Trainor who is retiring, the Army Times reported Friday.

Her nomination was submitted to the Senate for confirmation by President Obama.

“I am honored to have been nominated to serve as the dean of West Point,” Jebb said. “Should Congress confirm my nomination, I will be privileged to lead a team of professionals who are dedicated to academic excellence in support of our mission to graduate leaders of character.”

The school’s first female commandant of cadets, Brig. Gen. Diana Holland, assumed command Jan. 5, according to the Army Times.

The announcement of Jebb’s nomination comes as West Point hosts a three-day conference celebrating the 40th anniversary of female cadets attending the academy.

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