Wabash President Dr. Patrick E. White Named President Of North Coast Athletic Conference; Wooster President Dr. Grant H. Cornwell Selected As Vice President
Wabash President Dr. Patrick E. White has been named president of the North Coast Athletic Conference and Wooster President Dr. Grant H. Cornwell has been selected to serve as the vice president, effective July 1, 2012, it was announced by NCAC Executive Director Keri Alexander Luchowski.
White replaces Hiram President Thomas V. Chema as the president of the NCAC as Chema will now serve in the role of past president after serving as the chair of the NCAC's Presidents' Council for the past two academic years.
White (left) was elected as the 15th president of Wabash College, a private liberal arts college for men, in January of 2006. Prior to his presidency at Wabash, White served as the Vice President and Dean of Faculty at Saint Mary's College in Notre Dame, Indiana, from 2002 to 2006.
During his tenure at Wabash, Dr. White has led the college through a strategic planning process, completed a comprehensive academic program review and set annual giving records in each of the last two fiscal years. He also serves on the Board of Directors of the Montgomery County Economic Development Commission and is a member of the Board of Regents of the Indiana Academy for Science, Mathematics and Humanities.
In addition, White served on a panel at the Council of Independent College's Presidents Institute, titled "Raising Funds in the Declining Economy". He also sat on a panel at the American Men's Studies Association annual conference, discussing how all-male college's could teach all of higher education about educating and engaging men throughout their collegiate experience.
Cornwell (right), who was elected as Wooster's 11th president on July 1, 2007, served as vice president and dean of academic affairs at St. Lawrence University, from 2002 to 2007. He joined the St. Lawrence faculty in 1986 and served as associate dean of the first year from 1992 to 1997, and chair of the philosophy department from 1998 to 2002.
He is the co-editor of two books: Global Multiculturalism: Comparative Perspectives on Ethnicity, Race, and Nation and Democratic Education in an Age of Difference: Redefining Citizenship in Higher Education. He has also authored more than two dozen scholarly articles or chapters in edited volumes, as well as a CD-ROM on the history of slavery and the sugar industry in St. Kitts.
Currently, Cornwell serves on the advisory board for the National Institute for Technology and Liberal Education and is a member of the SAGE Group, formed as a collective of national educational leaders by the Association of American Colleges and Universities to work with institutions to realign practices toward more intentional undergraduate education.
Founded in 1983, the North Coast Athletic Conference consists of 10 academically selective colleges and universities - Allegheny College, Denison University, DePauw University, Hiram College, Kenyon College, Oberlin College, Ohio Wesleyan University, Wabash College, Wittenberg University and the College of Wooster along with affiliate member Earlham College (field hockey). The NCAC sponsors 23 championship sports, 11 for men and 12 for women.