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Washington College names new president

The Star Democrat

June 5, 2017


The Washington College Board of Visitors and Governors has named Kurt M. Landgraf as the next president of the college.

Landgraf will begin his tenure July 1. According to a news release Friday from the college, he was previously determined to be an exceptional and highly qualified candidate during the board’s last national search in 2015.

“Throughout his remarkable career, Kurt Landgraf has set himself apart from his peers as an exceptional leader and an exemplar of the values we seek to instill in our students, faculty, and community here at Washington College,” said H. Lawrence Culp Jr. ‘85, board chairman. “We believe his collaborative leadership style, his ability to craft ambitious and integrated strategies, and his operational experience will be an asset to Washington College.”

Landgraf replaces Sheila Bair, who announced her resignation — effective June 30 — on Thursday. Bair, a former chairman of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp., leaves after just shy of two years at the college’s helm.

“I am deeply honored by the opportunity to join the Washington College community, and to continue the work of my predecessors in providing students with the best possible education,” Landgraf said. “To join the ranks of this storied and historic institution is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, and I’m certain that by working with the faculty, staff, student body, and board, as well as others in the community, we will be able to accomplish extraordinary things. And while new leadership always brings change, rest assured that President Sheila Bair’s exceptional work to address the national student debt crisis and to launch a comprehensive campaign will not only continue, but I hope will be energized and invigorated.”