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Wilson College president named

January 19, 2001

Wilson College president named



CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - The former president of the Association of Vermont Independent Colleges has been named Wilson College's 18th president.

Lorna Duphiney Edmundson replaces current College President Gwendolyn Evans Jensen, who will retire June 30 after a decade in the post.

"Dr. Edmundson is an outstanding individual with exemplary credentials and accomplishments," Dr. Barbara L. Tenney, chairwoman of the Wilson College Board of Trustees and a 1967 Wilson graduate, said in a release Thursday. "She has dedicated her life to women's education and has gained a global perspective on the role of women in today's world."

Tenney said Edmundson has 30 years of experience in facilitating institutional growth and change as a college president, state executive for independent higher education, chief academic officer, strategic planner, fund-raiser, consultant and teacher in public and private institutions in the United States, Japan and France.

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Edmundson will assume the duties of president on July 1. She and her family will become the first residents of Sharpe House, a campus renovation project scheduled to be completed in May.

The Wilson board appointed Edmundson as president with full faculty status as professor of education, the release said.

Edmundson was picked from 29 candidates. The search committee included seven members of the college board of trustees, three faculty members selected by the Wilson faculty and three students selected by Wilson students.

Edmundson is married to Daniel Clarrel Edmundson, an attorney. They have two daughters, Laurel, 26, and Katherine, 19.

"I am honored to become a part of Wilson College," Edmundson said in the release. "Its mission of providing women-centered education, along with its emphasis on honor and tradition, were key elements that attracted me to apply for this position."

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