Principal

Wendy Cohn

Room: Vaughan House

The faculty principal is the head of the residential college. The Hereford principal lives with her family in Vaughan House, adjacent to the HRC houses Norris and Whyburn. The principal provides leadership and guidance in all aspects of Hereford life and acts as the administrative head of the college, serving as liaison to the University administrators. 

Wendy has called Charlottesville home for the last 24 years, beginning as a graduate student and now as faculty member in the Department of Public Health Sciences in the School of Medicine. She is positively thrilled to be the 5th principal of Hereford Residential College. Wendy is an educator and researcher; her work has been funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), WK Kellogg Foundation, and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Some of her interests are cancer prevention and control, and web-based tools and mobile apps for health and disease prevention. Wendy has actively involved both graduates and undergraduate students in research and welcomes Hereford residents to engage her in this area as well. She regularly teaches a course called the Built Environment + Public Health: Local to Global, which answers the question: how do sidewalks, block parties, food environments, and transportation systems impact our health? She hopes to see Hereford residents in the class! Originally from Connecticut, Wendy attended Hobart and William Smith Colleges as an undergraduate. In her (non-existent) free time she enjoys biking, hiking and spending time with her family; Schaeffer Somers and their two children, Zoe and Hannah.