New president named for Elizabethtown College

Elizabethtown College has found a successor to its outgoing president.

The school’s board of trustees has picked Cecilia M. McCormick as the 15th president of Elizabethtown College.

She starts July 1 and will succeed Carl Strikwerda, who is planning to retire on June 30 after eight years at the helm, according to a news release from the college.

“I look forward to working with faculty and staff members, students, administration, alumni and the broader E-town community to reinvent our vision as a learning institution focused on the educational and personal growth of our students in preparing them for 21st century careers and lives steeped in service,” McCormick said in a statement.

She is currently vice provost for academic strategy and special programs at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia, where she was involved in the merger of Thomas Jefferson and Philadelphia universities. She also has worked at Johns Hopkins and Widener Universities.

Before entering academia, McCormick was a lawyer and she maintains a license to practice law in Pennsylvania. She has worked both in private practice and as an in-house counsel.

“Cecilia’s experience in both academia and private business along with her collaborative problem-solving skills will guide us through the changing landscape of higher education,” said Robert Dolan, chair of the Elizabethtown College Board of Trustees. “Her dedication to student development makes her an excellent leader for our college.”

She has a bachelor’s degree in management/marketing from St. Joseph’s University, a paralegal certificate from Widener University and a law degree from Delaware Law School: Widener University. She also has studied at the Institute of Educational Management at Harvard University, Graduate School of Education.

She lives in Ocean City, New Jersey, with her husband, John. Her family includes three sons; Timothy (and his wife Danielle), Daniel (and his wife Heather), and John, and two grandchildren.

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