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Dr. Suzanne Shipley named 15th president of Shepherd University

ISSUED: 19 February 2007
MEDIA CONTACT: Valerie Owens
(Dr. Suzanne Shipley named 15th president of Shepherd University)

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Shepherdstown, WV--The Shepherd University Board of Governors today announced that Shepherd's next president will be Dr. Suzanne Shipley, currently vice president for academic affairs and dean of faculty at the College of Notre Dame of Maryland. She will succeed Dr. David L. Dunlop, who is retiring after serving as president for 11 years. The announcement was made following a vote by the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission to confirm the Board of Governors' appointment.

John Sherwood, chair of the Board of Governors and the Presidential Search Committee, expressed his pleasure at the outcome of the six-month search. "Dr. Shipley was the overwhelming favorite of every single constituent group," said Sherwood. "We are delighted that she has accepted our invitation to lead Shepherd into the future."

"It is an honor to be chosen president of Shepherd University," said Shipley. "I look forward to building on the many accomplishments of President Dunlop. Shepherd University fulfills a vital role as West Virginia's highly competitive public liberal arts university."

Shipley was chosen from among more than 120 applicants for the position. She was one of four finalists who visited Shepherd's campus in early February for interview sessions with faculty, staff, students, alumni, and community members.

Prior to assuming her position at the College of Notre Dame of Maryland, she served as dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at Northern Arizona University. Shipley was previously head of the Department of Germanic Languages and Literature at the University of Cincinnati, where she also was a full professor and had served as director of the University Honors Program. She spent one year at Arizona State University as an American Council on Education Fellow.

Shipley holds a Ph.D. in German from the University of Texas and an M.A. and B.A. in German from Texas Tech University. She is married to Randy Wadsworth, a clinical pharmacist at Greater Baltimore Medical Center.

Chancellor Brian Noland, who was at Shepherd for the announcement, indicated his strong support of Shepherd's selection of Shipley. "I am confident that Dr. Shipley will be well received by the Policy Commission members and other state officials," said Noland. "We welcome her to West Virginia and look forward to working closely with her during this exciting time in Shepherd's history."

Retiring Shepherd President David L. Dunlop said, "I am extremely pleased to have a person of Dr. Shipley's caliber selected as the 15th president of Shepherd University. I am confident that the transition will be very smooth, and I have no doubt that she has the ability and support to lead the University forward."

Sherwood thanked the members of the Presidential Search Committee and the campus community for their participation in the search process.

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