ALBION - Albion College has named a new president. The board announced that Mauri A. Ditzler will be the college's 16th president Friday. He will start the job July 1, 2014. Ditzler is currently the president of Monmouth College in Monmouth, Illinois, about 200 miles southwest of Chicago. Ditzler as been president at Monmouth since 2005.
A statement sent by Albion College says "Ditzler led a strategic planning process at Monmouth that preceded the implementation of the largest capital campaign in the college's history... During the campaign, he led fundraising for construction of a $40-million center for integrated programs in science and business. Two residence halls and improvements to athletic facilities were also completed during his presidency."
Ditzler currently chairs the executive committee of the Associated Colleges of the Midwest, a 14-college consortium including Monmouth, and he is a member of the Presidents Council for NCAA Division III. He is a past chair of the Association of Presbyterian Colleges and Universities.
Prior to joining Monmouth, Ditzler served as dean of the college at Wabash College in Indiana from 1999 to 2005. He was dean of arts and sciences at Millikin University in Illinois from 1994 to 1999, and he was a chemsitry professor for 15 years at he College of the Holy Cross in Massachusetts.
"Mauri Ditzler has shown himself to be a talented and skillful leader throughout a career that includes impressive achievements in teaching, research, and administration," said J. Donald Sheets, chair of Albion's Board of Trustees in a statement to the media.
Albion College is in the city of Albion in Calhoun County. It was founded in 1835 and currently enrolls approximately 1,400 students.
Albion College's previous president of 6 years was Donna Randall. She left that position this past July, but stayed on at the college as chancellor. Michael Fransden has been serving as interm president since then.