The board of governors of the State System of Higher Education today named a new president for Slippery Rock University.
Cheryl Joy Norton, a senior fellow with the American Association of State Colleges and Universities in Washington, D.C., and former president of Southern Connecticut State University, will become president of the 8,700-student state-owned university on June 4.
The previous president, Robert M. Smith, retired in February. The university's acting president is Charles Curry.
In a news release, Ms. Norton said, "Slippery Rock not only is a caring community of scholars, but also an educational leader that provides academic programs of excellence supporting the growth and development of its students and the region. I am extremely proud to be associated with a faculty and staff committed to this educational vision."
A native of suburban Cleveland, Ms. Norton earned a bachelor's degree in physical education and recreation from Denison University. She also earned three degrees from Teachers College at Columbia University: a master of arts in applied psychology, a master of education and a doctorate in education. She also has studied at Harvard University's Graduate School of Education.
The board of governors also named Marcia G. Welsh, provost and vice president for academic affairs at Towson University, president of East Stroudsburg University, effective July 1. She will succeed Robert J. Dillman, who will retire in June.
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Education writer Eleanor Chute: firstname.lastname@example.org or 412-263-1955. First Published April 5, 2012 1:15 PM