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AICUP's 55th Annual Meeting

This March, AICUP held its 55th Annual Meeting at the Hotel Hershey. Distinguished guests included college and university presidents and representatives, corporate affiliates, philanthropists, leaders and government officials.


Panels were held to discuss a variety of issues including child protective services legislation, reauthorization of the Higher Education Act, community college transfers and DCED's India initiative. Awards were presented to Governor Edward G. Rendell, Dr. Thomas Kepple of Juniata College, and Dr. Thomas and Mrs. Diane Wilfrid of the Charlotte W. Newcombe Foundation.

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McNulty installed as ninth President of Grove City College

From a Grove City College Press Release:

The Hon. Paul J. McNulty ’80 was formally installed as the ninth President of Grove City College on Monday, March 23, in an uplifting ceremony that marked the official beginning of a new era in the College’s life.

McNulty, the fourth alumnus to hold the office, spoke about the College’s future in terms of a moral duty to continue the work of generations of leaders who built Grove City College on the ideals of faith and freedom, and a conviction that “nothing happens without God’s will.”

“We don’t know if our plans are God’s plans, if our wants are God’s wants, but be assured God’s plans will prevail and they are good,” McNulty said. “The future of Grove City College is in very good hands. Not my hands. His hands.”

McNulty, 57, is an accomplished attorney with a long career in the public and private sectors. A former U.S. Deputy Attorney General, federal prosecutor and Congressional counsel, he is Of Counsel with the global law firm Baker & MacKenzie and an acknowledged expert on corporate ethics.


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Brian Blair Named to be New President of Bryn Athyn College

From a Bryn Athyn College release:

Brian Blair has been named to be President of Bryn Athyn College beginning July 1, 2015.

Mr. Blair brings a wealth of business leadership experience as well as support of educational institutions to his new position.  He steadily worked his way up in the finance and banking industries for over three decades.  With a comprehensive business career to his credit and a deeply-rooted commitment to Bryn Athyn College, Mr. Blair is now focused on building on the College’s success.

Mr. Blair is the first to recognize all of the ways the College has benefitted from the work of the current President, Dr. Kristin King.  “She has done a stellar job with growing Bryn Athyn College and expanding the academic offerings while protecting the strengths of a faith-based college education,” said Blair.


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Rev. Edmund J. Dobbin, OSA, Past President of Villanova University, Has Passed Away

From a Villanova University release:

It is with great sadness that I inform the Villanova community of the passing of the Rev. Edmund J. Dobbin, OSA, ‘58 CLAS, who served from 1988 to 2006 as the University’s 31st president. Father Dobbin passed away around 6 p.m. this evening at the age of 79.

During his 18 years as president, Father Dobbin guided the Villanova community into the 21st century with an enhanced sense of identity and a reaffirmed commitment to the University's Augustinian Catholic mission. Under his leadership, Villanova saw unprecedented progress and growth. Villanova implemented innovative curricula, dramatically increased the University’s endowment, expanded scholarship funding and faculty endowments, enhanced international programs and collaborations, and planned or completed new buildings or major renovations in each of its colleges and schools.


(Photo courtesy of Villanova University)

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Valerie Smith of Princeton to become Swarthmore's first African American president

From a Swarthmore College Press Release:

A Princeton dean and professor of literature and African American studies will lead Swarthmore College when the new academic year begins.

The school announced Saturday that Valerie Smith, 59, would become the 15th president of the 150-year-old institution beginning July 1. She becomes Swarthmore's first African American president.

"I was really struck by the passionate commitment faculty, staff, and students have toward Swarthmore," Smith said, " . . . the level of deep intellectual engagement."

Smith expressed an interest in deepening Swarthmore's interdisciplinary work and increasing the school's ties with its neighbors.

"I would hope to be able to enhance opportunity for engagement with the broader Swarthmore community, with the region, and the city of Philadelphia," she said.


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Colleen M. Hanycz, Ph.D., Named 29th President of La Salle University

From a La Salle University Press Release:

First Female President in 152-Year History

La Salle University, established through the legacy of St. John Baptist de La Salle, patron saint of teachers, and known for its academic excellence, practical teaching, and devotion to students, today announced the appointment of Colleen M. Hanycz, Ph.D., as its 29th President. Hanycz is currently Principal (a Canadian equivalent of President) of Brescia University College in London, Ontario, Canada. An accomplished attorney and administrative leader as well as a devout Roman Catholic, Hanycz will be the first layperson—and first woman—to serve as President in a non-interim capacity in the 152-year history of La Salle University.

Today’s historic appointment was announced by William R. Sautter, ’71, Chair of La Salle’s Board of Trustees.

“This is a pivotal moment in La Salle’s history,” Sautter said. “We are very pleased and excited to name Dr. Hanycz as the next President of La Salle University. She is an innovative academic leader with an impressive record as an agent of positive change. She is ideally suited to maximize La Salle’s potential while continuing to honor our distinctive mission and values.”


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Cedar Crest answers higher education's urgent wake-up call

By Carmen Twillie Ambar, President, Cedar Crest College

We have an exciting story to tell. Along with other colleges and universities, Cedar Crest College has faced the challenges of a very difficult period, and we have emerged better and stronger for it.

In 2014 we had our largest traditional student fall enrollment in six years and, by the looks of it, we will be seeing another enrollment increase in 2015. The Canova Commons, our dining space renovation, opened in January. That project and a number of other planned improvements have been made possible through a $3.5 million bequest from Verna Orcurto Canova (Class of 1938).

Our endowment grew 19 percent to $26.9 million in the last fiscal year. At this writing, the amount and number of gifts to the College are outpacing last year. We have a bridge campaign under way to raise $10 million by 2017 for scholarships and other renovations.

The year 2017 will mark the college's 150th anniversary, and we have many exciting plans in store for the campus and the larger Cedar Crest College community.


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Did You Know?


Top Origins of First-Time, Degree-Seeking Students Migrating to Pennsylvania to Attend a College or University, Fall 2012

 Rank  State  Students
 1  New Jersey  9,521
 2  New York  5,392
 3  Foreign Countries  3,497
 4  Maryland  2,914
 5  Ohio  1,439
 6  California  1,340
 7  Connecticut  1,280
 8  Massachusetts  1,165
 9  Virginia  1,004
 10  Delaware  731


In the fall of 2012, a total of 33,673 students traveled to Pennsylvania from other states or from overseas to enroll in a college or university located here. Of those 33,673 students migrating to Pennsylvania, 68 percent enrolled in a private college or university.