Bachelor summa cum laude in French and English, Furman University, 1958. Postgraduate, Institut Phonetique, Paris, 1963. Postgraduate, Sorbonne, Paris, 1963.
Doctor of Philosophy magna cum laude in French, Louisiana State University, 1966. HHD (honorary), Furman University, 1984. Doctor of Laws (honorary), Chapman College, 1985.
DLT (honorary), Converse College, 1988.
Instructor French, Louisiana State University, 1965-1966;
assistant professor, Louisiana State University, 1966-1967;
assistant professor, Louisiana State University, 1968-1972;
associate professor, Louisiana State University, 1972-1976;
director elementary and intermediate French programs, Louisiana State University, 1966-1974;
special assistant to chancellor, Louisiana State University, 1974-1975;
assistant to chancellor, Louisiana State University, 1975-1976;
professor French, Hood College, Frederick, Maryland., 1976-1981;
provost, dean academic affairs, Hood College, Frederick, Maryland., 1976-1981;
president, Mills College, Oakland, California, 1981-1990;
dean of extension, University of California, Berkeley, 1991-1998;
president, S.H. Cowell Foundation, San Fransisco, since 1999. Visiting assistant professor University of California-Berkeley, 1967-1968. Member of commission on leadership development American Council on Education, 1981-1990, advisory county Stanford Research Institute, 1985-1990, advisory county Graduate School Business, Stanford University.
Associate Gannett Center for Media Studies, since 1985. Board directors Procter and Gamble&E, Pacific Telesis, PacTel & PacBell, Union Bank, Longs Drug Stores, S.H. Cowell Foundation.
Trustee American Conservatory Theater. Member Western College Association (vice president 1982-1984, president 1984-1986), Association Indiana California Colleges and Universities (executive committee 1982-1990), National Association Indiana Colleges and Universities (government relations advisory council 1982-1985), Southern Conference Language Teaching (chairman 1976-1977), World Affairs Council Northern California (board directors 1984-1993), Business-Higher Education Forum, Women's Forum West, Women's College Coalition (executive committee 1984-1988), Phi Kappa Phi, Phi Beta Kappa.
Married F. Eugene Metz, December 21, 1957. 1 daughter, Mary Eugena.