Davidson College’s Board of Trustees on Friday morning named former president John Kuykendall as interim president and began appointing a committee to search for a successor to current president Tom Ross. In August, President Ross was appointed as president of the 17-campus University of North Carolina system, effective Jan. 1.
Meeting in Davidson Friday morning, the board appointed President Kuykendall effective Dec. 10. The college said he will begin working with President Ross in early November.
At the same time, the board appointed Kristin Hills Bradberry, a 1985 Davidson graduate, to chair the presidential search committee. The committee is expected to include trustees, faculty, students, and staff.
Trustees Chair Mackey McDonald said in a statement that the board was pleased President Kuykendall had agreed to step in as president, a job he held from 1984 to 1997. A 1959 Davidson graduate, he came to Davidson from Auburn University, where he was a religion professor and campus pastor.
Said Mr. Mackey: “He is profoundly committed to Davidson’s core values of service, honor, and academic and athletic excellence—and his intelligence, experience, and love for Davidson are clear to all who know him. I know that he will work energetically and enthusiastically with members of the college community to move Davidson forward during our presidential search.”
President Kuykendall was an English major, president of the student government and and a soccer player while at Davidson. After graduating Phi Beta Kappa from the college, he earned a bachelor of Divinity degree from Union Theological Seminary, a Master of Sacred Theology degree from Yale Divinity School, and M.A. and PhD degrees from Princeton University.
Read the college’s Oct. 8 press release about the appointment and search committee, CLICK HERE>
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