The Magazine of The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America


Two college presidents named: Woodward to Carthage, Joyner to Wittenberg

Gregory Woodward will be the new president of Carthage College, Kenosha, Wis. He succeeds the school's longest-serving president, F. Gregory Campbell, who steps down in August after 25 years. Woodward is dean of the School of Music at Ithaca [N.Y.] College. Previously he served Ithaca in various roles, including dean of graduate and professional studies, where he doubled enrollment and helped establish the college's first doctoral program in physical therapy, and as interim provost/vice president for academic affairs, where he led the development of a new 10-year strategic plan. "I feel certain that [Carthage] is poised on the brink of becoming a true leader in undergraduate higher education in the United States," Woodward said.

Laurie M. Joyner was named president of Wittenberg University, Springfield, Ohio, effective July 1. The university's first female president, she succeeds Mark H. Erickson, who will become president of Northampton Community College, Bethlehem, Pa. Joyner is vice president for planning and dean of the college at Rollins College, Winter Park, Fla. Previously she served as interim vice president for academic affairs and provost at Rollins, helping to establish its College of Professional Studies. "Educating students in the Lutheran tradition of service emphasizes the intellectual, social and ethical dimensions of student development," Joyner said. "Wittenberg helps students discover their purpose and better understand their responsibility to enhance the common good."

Nineteen show choirs and other vocal groups participated in Midland University's Festival of the Arts, March 16-17. The annual festival sponsored by the Fremont, Neb., school allowed some 600 middle and high school students to work with vocal instructors, professionals in the performing arts and more. With workshops, scholarship auditions and "a friendly competition," the festival "is designed to help young vocalists develop as performers in inclusive and educational ways," said Erin Bradley, Midland's director of performing arts.

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