Mistick named new president of Wilson College

March 01, 2011
  • Barbara K. Mistick has been appointed president of Wilson College in Chambersburg, Pa.
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CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. — Wilson College on Tuesday announced the appointment of Barbara K. Mistick as the 19th president in the 142-year history of the college.

Mistick, who will officially assume the Wilson presidency July 1, currently serves as president of the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, a position she has held since 2005. She will succeed Lorna Duphiney Edmundson, who will retire June 30 after 10 years of leadership.

In making the announcement Tuesday to Wilson faculty, staff, administrators and students, Board of Trustees Chairwoman Trudi Blair said the college sought a president who could lead Wilson through the next critical stage in its history.

"We have certainly been successful in finding a person with the skills to meet that challenge in Barbara Mistick," Blair, a 1976 Wilson College graduate, said in a news release.

"Throughout her academic and professional career and extensive community involvement, she has demonstrated a commitment to women's education, civic engagement, philanthropy and volunteerism. We are certain that Barbara will build on Wilson's many strengths and engage our community in exciting new efforts to ensure that our students are prepared for the challenges and opportunities of the 21st century," Blair said in the release.

Over the course of her 30-year career, Mistick has been an entrepreneur, educator and leader at such institutions as the H.J. Heinz School of Public Policy and Management at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, the National Education Center for Women in Business at Seton Hill University in Greensburg, Pa., and at various businesses she managed and/or founded.

In her current role, Mistick provides strategic leadership and operational oversight of the library system in Pittsburgh, which serves approximately 1.2 million people, and includes 19 neighborhood library locations and a number of other facilities, including western and central Pennsylvania's Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped.

"I am excited to become a part of the wonderful tradition of Wilson College, and I look forward to getting to know the entire community and building on the solid foundation that exists at the college," Mistick said in the news release. "In Wilson College, I see a tremendous opportunity to lead a small college that can make a big difference in today's interconnected, complex world."

Mistick, who was selected from a pool of 70 candidates after an extensive national search, also was the unanimous choice of the college's search committee, Blair said.

Blair said the Wilson board plans to take all steps possible to ensure a smooth transition to the next president and announced the formation of a transition team. She also thanked the presidential search committee, chaired by trustee John W. Gibb, for its efforts.

Edmundson announced plans to retire last May. The search process began soon after, with the formation in August of a search committee that included representatives from Wilson faculty, students, staff and alumnae, as well as trustees. The college also retained an executive search firm, Archer Martin Associates of Nantucket, Mass.

Mistick earned a doctorate in management from Case Western Reserve University's Weatherhead School of Business in 2003; a master's degree in business administration from the University of Pittsburgh's Joseph M. Katz Graduate School of Business in 1992; and a bachelor's degree in business administration from Carlow College in 1990. In 1999, she completed the certificate program in Case Method Teaching at Harvard College.

Her awards include University of Pittsburgh Distinguished Alumna Award, Entrepreneur of the Year (Ernst & Young), Vision 2000 Award (U.S. Small Business Administration), the Greater Pittsburgh Chamber of Commerce Athena Award, Who's Who of American Women and Pittsburgher of the Year (Pittsburgh Magazine). She also received a doctoral fellowship from Case Western Reserve University.

Mistick serves on a number of boards, including the Pennsylvania Economy League and Magee-Womens Hospital of UPMC (University of Pittsburgh Medical Center).

Mistick has three daughters.

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