Jill Tiefenthaler, provost and professor of economics at Wake Forest University, will become Colorado College’s 13th president on July 1. The trustees unanimously elected Tiefenthaler after a nationwide search conducted by a presidential search committee that included trustees, alumni, faculty, staff, and students.
“We set our sights high, seeking a president who could combine a collaborative leadership style with a penchant for getting things done. We sought a charismatic leader with a deep understanding of the liberal arts, who relates effectively to students, parents, alumni, and the world. We found all of that – and more – in Dr. Jill Tiefenthaler,” said Suzanne Woolsey, chair of CC’s Board of Trustees. “She will enable Colorado College to be the best, and she is poised to become a national leader in defining the future of colleges.”
Tiefenthaler said Colorado College’s innovative spirit and strong commitment to liberal arts teaching appealed to her. “I was looking for a place that shared my values – great faith in the liberal arts, faculty-student engagement, experiential education, diversity, and community – and that was also willing to take a few risks, with a goal of continually building academic excellence,” Tiefenthaler said. “I know I have found just the place.”
Tiefenthaler, her husband, Wake Forest Economics Professor Kevin Rask, and their two children, Olivia, 12, and Owen, 9, plan to move to Colorado Springs in early summer. News of Tiefenthaler’s appointment came as the Bulletin was going to press; Tiefenthaler will be profiled in a later issue.
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