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Wheeling Jesuit University names Richard Allen Beyer president

 
Wheeling Jesuit University
 
October 23, 2010
 
Margaret "Mimie" Helm, chairman of the Board of Directors of Wheeling Jesuit University, announced today that Reston, Va. resident Richard Allen Beyer has been appointed the ninth president of the University. His appointment is effective Jan. 2, 2011.

I am pleased to announce Rick's selection as our next leader," said Helm. "He brings a clear business mind to the position, a strong work ethic and a genuine respect for higher education and most importantly, the Jesuit identity in higher education."

Beyer was unanimously selected by the WJU search committee and its board of directors. He toured campus on Oct. 14 and also met with faculty, employees, students and alumni council.

Beyer joins WJU from Trimble Navigation Ltd. where he is currently serving as a corporate vice president and member of the executive committee. With global sales of $1.2 billion, Trimble is a leading provider of global positioning solutions for commercial markets.

Beyer brings a unique combination of over 23 years of senior executive officer experience and over 16 years experience in higher education including board governance and financial modeling.

“I am honored to become the new president of Wheeling Jesuit University,” said Beyer. The institution’s commitment to educating the whole person, for the greater good, via its traditional Jesuit values very much appeals to me. There are many people who care deeply about WJU, its history and future. I look forward to having an opportunity to work with all constituents."

Beyer first became affiliated with higher education in 1994 at his alma mater Olivet College, Mich., where he earned his bachelor's degree in 1980. He served on the Olivet board of trustees beginning in 1994. He became its chairman in 2000 and was elected trustee emeritus in 2007. Beyer has also worked with higher education institutions on financial modeling, board governance and strategic planning.

Beyer currently serves on the board of trustees at the American University in Washington D.C. and on the board of directors at the Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges (AGB), a national higher education governance organization.

“Rick is a smart choice for Wheeling Jesuit University. His experience in higher education as a passionate volunteer and his business experience and savvy will bring a unique set of leadership skills to the university. I applaud the WJU board for recognizing that at times, a non-traditional candidate for institution leadership, is precisely the correct answer,” said Rick Legon, AGB president.

The WJU search committee, which included nine members representing all WJU constituents, conducted a national search that resulted in a pool of 50 well-qualified candidates for the position of president. This was narrowed down to two final candidates recently. After campus visits by the finalists and consideration of input from all constituencies of the campus community, the search committee reached its decision.

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