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Dr. Julie E. Wollman to be inaugurated Friday as Edinboro University’s 17th president

11/08/2012

EDINBORO, Pa. – During a formal investiture ceremony Friday, Dr. Julie E. Wollman will be inaugurated as Edinboro University’s 17th President and the first woman to lead the University.

The ceremony caps a week of inauguration events reflecting upon the theme of “Excellence. Optimism. Leadership” embodied in the people and programs of the University. The inauguration comes a month before the 155th anniversary of the opening of the Edinboro Academy – historic forerunner to the University – in December 1857.

Beginning at 1 p.m. in Louis C. Cole Auditorium-Memorial Hall, the investiture ceremony, presided over by Interim Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Michael J. Hannan, will hold much in common with the University’s twice-annual Commencement exercises in terms of traditional academic pageantry, but with the addition of Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education officials, state and local elected officials, and leaders of Pennsylvania colleges and universities in attendance.

Leading the academic procession as the inauguration’s Mace Bearer and representing his faculty colleagues by carrying the Ceremonial Mace will be Dr. Roy Shinn. The chair of the Speech, Language and Hearing Department, Professor Shinn’s distinction as Mace Bearer is symbolic of the central role which faculty play in the academic and personal development of Edinboro’s students.

After welcoming addresses from faculty, staff and student leaders, and an introduction of the new president by her husband, Dr. Dan L. King, Executive Director of the American Association of University Administrators, the actual investiture will take place. The ceremony’s key moment will occur when John E. Horan, Chairman of Edinboro University’s Council of Trustees, formally presents Dr. Wollman to Dr. John C. Cavanaugh, Chancellor of the state system. It will be Chancellor Cavanaugh who formally invests Edinboro’s 17th President.

Following investiture by Dr. Cavanaugh, Guido M. Pichini, Chair of PASSHE’s Board of Governors, will administer to Dr. Wollman the oath of office.

In her inaugural address, President Wollman is expected to address her inauguration themes of excellence, optimism and leadership.

Because of President Wollman’s dedication to further enhancing the excellence of the region’s largest and most comprehensive institution of higher education, Inauguration Week featured more than two dozen activities centered on students and faculty.

Co-chaired by Interim Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Hannan and Vice President for Advancement, Communications and Marketing Tina Mengine, the Presidential Inauguration Committee – composed faculty and staff – has been actively engaged for several months to ensure the inauguration’s success.

Following Friday’s formal ceremony, an Inauguration Reception will be held at the Crawford Center from 2:30 to 4 p.m. Later Friday, an Inauguration Celebration will take place at the Erie Art Museum.

Dr. Wollman became Edinboro University’s 17th President on June 1, 2012, bringing to Edinboro a successful background in higher education academics and administration. She came to Edinboro from Wheelock College in Boston, Massachusetts, where she served as vice president for Academic Affairs for four years. Dr. Wollman was appointed to lead Edinboro University the conclusion of a national search in December 2011. She succeeded Dr. James Moran, who served as interim president since June 2011. President Wollman’s complete biography can be found on Edinboro University’s website at www.edinboro.edu.