Following an almost yearlong national search, Elizabethtown College's Board of Trustees has announced the appointment of Carl J. Strikwerda as the College's 14th president. After working collaboratively for a month alongside current Elizabethtown President Theodore E. Long, Strikwerda will begin his tenure Aug. 1, 2011.
Currently, Strikwerda is dean of the faculty of arts and sciences and professor of history at the College of William & Mary in Williamsburg, Va. In this position, he oversees 378 faculty members, 21 departments and 14 interdisciplinary programs that serve 5,600 students, including 500 graduate students in six doctoral and 11 master's degree programs. During his six years at William & Mary, Strikwerda oversaw the construction of science buildings, helped create a program in community engagement and scholarship, and initiated work to win grants from the Freeman, Gates, Hewlett and Mellon foundations, as well as the Howard Hughes Medical Institute and a number of federal agencies. In addition to his administrative responsibilities, Elizabethtown's incoming president regularly teaches a course on global history and advises international relations majors.
Elizabethtown College's Board of Trustees Chairman David E. Hosler believes Strikwerda's appointment will continue a legacy of effective management at the College. "Dr. Strikwerda brings to Elizabethtown College leadership that will continue to build on the momentum established over the last 15 years by our current president," Hosler said. "Carl's experience as a distinguished faculty member at a highly regarded institution, along with his administrative and fundraising abilities, will propel Elizabethtown forward."
Of his appointment, Strikwerda said, "Elizabethtown College has a strong tradition of student-centered learning and service to the community and the region. I'm honored to follow Ted Long's distinguished presidency and work with the faculty, board, staff, students, and alumni in continuing to strengthen the College's position as an excellent institution of higher learning and a valuable community partner."