Francille Firebaugh did her undergraduate studies in dietetics and
home economics education at the University of Arkansas. She completed an M.S.
degree in home management and family relations at the University of Tennessee
and received a Ph.D. degree in household economics and management from Cornell
University. She served for 26 years in various positions at the Ohio State
University and was vice provost for international affairs at the time of her
Cornell appointment as Dean of the College of Human Ecology in 1988. Dean
Firebaugh continued to have strong international interests at Cornell, as
evidenced by her membership on the Board of Trustees of Zamorano, a
Pan-American college in Honduras, and the development of ties between the
College of Human Ecology and Kyoritsu Women's University in Japan.
After retiring as Dean of the College of Human Ecology (1988-1999),
Francille Firebaugh served as vice provost for land grant affairs and special
assistant to the president from 2000 to 2005.