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HU to announce new president, Friday April 26

Posted: Thursday, April 18, 2013

Huntington University will host a news conference on Friday, April 26 at 4 p.m. to announce its 13th president. The announcement is open to all media and will take place in the Longaker Recital Hall, which is located on the lower level of the Merillat Centre for the Arts.

The announcement follows a Board of Trustees election which will be made earlier that day. That day the board is also voting on the future of the Peoria, Arizona, and occupational therapy initiatives. In October, after 22 years as president, Dr. G. Blair Dowden announced his plans to retire at the end of the current academic year. He is the 12th president of the university.

Under his leadership, the Christian liberal-arts campus has doubled its enrollment, tripled its endowment and constructed or remodeled eight buildings. Huntington attracted a well-credentialed faculty and a more ethnically diverse student body. Academic programs were significantly expanded for undergraduate, adult and graduate students. Some of the university’s largest and fastest-growing degree programs were launched during Dowden’s presidency, including nursing and digital media arts. The institution transitioned from “college” to “university” in 2005. Dowden’s last day as president is Friday, May 31, 2013.