As the clock struck midnight on July 1, the campus community experienced a change far more significant than flipping to the next page on the calendar — the date marked the end of former College President R. Barbara Gitenstein’s time as the school’s leader and the beginning of College President Kathryn Foster’s tenure.
A single microphone was placed atop the steps leading to Green Hall’s main entrance, with a buzzing crowd of campus community members below waiting to speak and listen. The building’s long hallways extending past the central clock tower were reminiscent of outstretched arms in a supportive embrace as the upbeat background music was lowered, and several speakers prepared to discuss their personal interpretation of the phrase, “When they go low, we go high.”
The Board of Trustees announced its unanimous selection of the College’s new president-elect on March 28 — Kathryn Foster, an accomplished scholar and educator, will return to her home state to serve as the College’s 16th president on July 1.
Nearly one year after Campus Town’s InFocus Urgent Care announced its decision to offer counseling services, and just over six months after the practice celebrated its grand opening, only one thing is missing from the bustling health care center students are thankful to have as a medical resource — the long-awaited, much-debated mental health care component.
The Presidential Search Committee has narrowed its selection of candidates to serve as the College’s next president to a small group of finalists, according to a campus-wide email from Presidential Search Committee Chair Susanne Svizeny (’79) sent on Wednesday, Feb. 7.
In Oct. of 1999, R. Barbara Gitenstein became the 15th president to serve the College community. Gitenstein took office and became the first female president on campus. This July, Gitenstein announced her plan to retire in June 2018, after serving 18 memorable years. Gitenstein will leave behind both academic and physical contributions to the College that have improved the institution’s focus on higher education.