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Wilson College appoints new leader

Wesley Fugate has been selected as Wilson College's 20th president.

 Wilson College

Wesley Fugate has been selected as Wilson College's 20th president.

Wilson College

Wesley Fugate has been selected as Wilson College’s 20th president.

(Harrisburg) — After a national search, a Franklin County liberal arts college has a new leader.

Wesley Fugate will officially assume his duties as Wilson College’s 20th president in January.

He comes from Randolph College in Lynchburg, Virginia, where he served as vice president for student affairs.

“I am humbled and honored to be selected to lead Wilson College into its next 150 years,” Fugate said. “While Wilson’s commitment to opportunity, honor and providing a high-quality liberal arts education are what drew me to consider this position, ultimately getting to know the people of Wilson helped me to fall in love with the institution. Wilson has a remarkable history and I am excited about collaborating with students, faculty, staff, alumni, Trustees and friends of the college to chart a path for its future success.”

Fugate succeeds Barbara Mistick, who left in August to become president of the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities in Washington, D.C.

The college says Fugate will focus on enhancing the student experience and success in later life, as well as fundraising, cultivating the alumni base, and building partnerships in the local community.

Founded in 1869, in Chambersburg, Wilson College that offers bachelor’s degrees in 35 majors and graduate degrees in education, healthcare, nursing, business and the arts and humanities. It has a fall enrollment of 1,600 students.

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