By Dana Reese
SC News Editor
On April 5, Harry F. Lee, chair of the Presidential Search Committee and a member of the ESU Council of Trustees, announced that Dr. Marcia G. Welsh will begin service as the 13th president of East Stroudsburg University starting July 1, 2012. Current president, Dr. Robert J. Dillman, after 16 years of service to the university, will be retiring this June.
Selected by the Board of Governors of the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education (PASSHE), Dr. Welsh will come to the university with a history of leadership and community development. Dr. Welsh most recently worked as provost and vice president for academic affairs at Towson University in Maryland, where she also served as interim president of the university for nine months in 2011.
“It is an honor and a privilege to be selected as the next president of East Stroudsburg University,” Dr. Welsh said. “I look forward to working closely with the ESU community, both on campus and off, to build upon the tremendous legacy of the university. I thank the Board of Governors and Chancellor Cavanaugh for the opportunity to help shape the future of ESU and to become part of the ESU family.”
The selection committee included university trustees, faculty, staff, students, alumni, PASSHE president, Dr. Javier Cevallos, and a handful of other prominent figures. Richard Hennessy, current student senate president, and Lauren Zirkelbach, elected 2012/2013 student senate president, were both on the committee as student representatives.
According to the ESU website, almost 70 interested individuals applied for the presidential position. After a selection process that lasted through the spring semester, bringing the numbers down to ten, three, and finally Dr. Welsh as the final candidate, the university is now ready to welcome another president.
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