Dickinson College has chosen Margee Ensign, an internationally recognized scholar and leader in higher education, to be its 29th president. Ensign most recently served as president of the American University of Nigeria (AUN) in Yola, Nigeria, and held leadership roles at Columbia University, Tulane University and the University of the Pacific. She will become president on July 1. Provost and Dean of the College Neil Weissman has served as interim president since July 2016.
The announcement, made today by Board Chair Jennifer Reynolds, follows a 10-month international search resulting in a diverse pool of well-qualified candidates. “Dr. Ensign is a visionary leader with extensive experience as a higher education pioneer and a scholar,” Reynolds said. “The search committee and the board were particularly impressed with her love of students, passion for the liberal arts and dedication to an interdisciplinary education that encompasses global perspectives and sustainable values. Dr. Ensign embodies Dickinson’s mission to educate citizen leaders, and she is the right person at the right time to move Dickinson forward.”
In accepting the Dickinson position, Ensign said, “During my career, I have studied, taught and served as an administrator in a wide variety of academic settings, but my heart has always remained with the sort of institution that I chose for my own undergraduate work—an innovative and student-centered liberal-arts college. Dickinson has been a liberal-arts leader throughout much of America’s history. Its global approach to education, its readiness to innovate, its values and its mission are what the U.S. and the world desperately need. I am honored to have the opportunity to lead this exciting community.”
During her seven-year tenure at AUN, Ensign worked with students, faculty, alumni and the university’s board to draft a strategic plan focusing on sustainable…