Education / Virginia

Ferrum College appoints new president

FILE - In this Jan. 21, 2015 file photo Del. Scott Taylor, R-Virginia Beach, introduces a guest during the House session at the Capitol in Richmond, Va. Taylor is running in the 4th Virginia Congressional district agains Congressman Randy Forbes. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

FILE – Del. Scott Taylor, R-Virginia Beach, introduces a guest during the House session at the Capitol in Richmond, Va. Taylor is running in the 4th Virginia Congressional district agains Congressman Randy Forbes. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

FERRUM, Va. (AP) — Ferrum College has appointed a new president.

The university announced Monday in a news release that Joseph Spooner will serve as the school’s 11th president starting Aug. 1.

Chair of the Ferrum College Presidential Search Committee Robert W. Todd announced the appointment following the selection by the College Board of Trustees. He was unanimously chosen by the board.

Spooner is currently the dean of Jonathan Edwards College at Yale University.

Board of Trustees Chair Samuel L. Lionberger says the board believes Spooner has the vision and the leadership skills needed to move the university forward.

Spooner’s appointment follows a national search that began after current President Jennifer L. Braaten announced her plans to retire after 14 years.

 

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