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The Rev. Dr. John A. Nunes of Valparaiso, Ind., was elected unanimously by the Concordia College-New York Board of Regents to serve as the school's ninth president. Nunes, 52, has served for the past two years as the Emil and Elfriede Jochum Chair at Valparaiso University and plans to finish the current academic year before assuming the Concordia presidency on July 1, 2016.
The Montgomery County Health Department is currently investigating an outbreak of gastro-intestinal illness associated with students from Ursinus College. As a precaution, the school canceled classes and shut down dining halls for the remainder of Thursday, as well as all of Friday.
Concordia (MN) and Minnesota State Community and Technical College announced a new partnership that will help graduates of M State complete their bachelor’s degree at Concordia. Students must enroll in the up2U program as incoming freshmen at M State, meet academic standards and demonstrate critical thinking and writing skills while completing an M State degree within three years.
Capital University (OH) has chosen the provost at Stetson University in central Florida as its next president, replacing the retiring Denvy Bowman. The private Bexley school chose Elizabeth Paul to be its 16th leader. Paul has been the top academic officer at Stetson since 2009.
James H. Mullen Jr., president of Allegheny College, has been elected to a three-year term on the board of directors of the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities (NAICU). Mullen joined the board at NAICU’s annual meeting in February in Washington, D.C.
Patricia McGuire, president of Trinity Washington University, writes: In his remarks to Congress in September, Pope Francis said, "We need to avoid a common temptation nowadays: to discard whatever proves troublesome." He was referring to the refugee crisis, but he may as well have been speaking about the president and trustees of Mount St. Mary’s University of Maryland. President Newman’s ill-considered words about students and callous actions toward dissenting colleagues betray the Mount’s two centuries of Roman Catholic mission as well as the essential value of academic freedom in higher education.
The president of Mount St. Mary’s University defended his tenure at the private college in Maryland in a letter to parents on Wednesday, and he said he had taken “the high road” despite intense public scrutiny of his recent actions.
Wellesley College named Dr. Paula Johnson as its new president Thursday, making her the college’s first African-American leader.
Forbes Contributor Marc Edelman writes: The most notable takeaway from attending Wake Forest’s 91-71 loss to Florida State University last Saturday afternoon at Lawrence Joel Memorial Stadium was the scarcity of college students — save for the players, cheerleaders and the band. Indeed, last Saturday’s crowd might have been the oldest anywhere in all of college sports — one that featured far more bald heads and white hair than Greek letters and tube tops.
Protests at campuses nationwide lead to lists of demands, but what happens when a college's Quaker faith rejects the idea of demands?
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