Emily Nolan, named Gerstacker Institute director in July 2011, brings substantial experience in global business and higher education to Albion College.
Nolan comes to Albion from Whirlpool Corp., where she served as global category manager in the food prep and cooking categories. In addition to creating and executing a strategic plan for the division, she led new product development and growth in sales in several small-appliance categories.
After receiving her M.B.A. from Wake Forest University's Babcock Graduate School of Management in 2005, she and her family settled in Michigan, where she joined Kellogg Co. as associate brand manager and was involved in marketing initiatives for several breakfast cereal products.
Nolan got her start in the food industry in New York, managing the Betty Crocker, Weight Watchers, and For Dummies cookbook series for Macmillan. She authored Baking for Dummies and The Complete Idiot's Guide to Baking, offering public relations promotions, interviews, and demonstrations.
A participant in the Wharton Business School's post-baccalaureate program in 2002, she took a break from the food industry to serve as director of public relations in the University of Pennsylvania's undergraduate admissions office from 2000 to 2003. Nolan earned her bachelor's degree from Guilford College in 1992.