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GRANTHAM, Pa. (Feb. 9, 2004) — The Messiah College Board of Trustees announced last week, following its annual winter meeting held Feb. 1–3, that Messiah College Provost Kim S. Phipps will serve as interim president of the college when current president Rodney J. Sawatsky retires on June 30. Sawatsky, who has served for 10 years as president of Messiah College, announced in January that he will retire at the end of the current academic year due to personal health reasons. The board also announced that President Sawatsky, upon completion of his service, will assume the title of president emeritus.

The board’s chair, Eunice F. Steinbrecher, of Greenville, Ohio, announced that the board has formed a presidential search committee. Chaired by her, the committee also includes fellow trustees Charlie Byers of Columbus, Ind., Mark Garis of Souderton, Pa., Warren Hoffman of Elizabethtown, Pa., Kenneth Hoke of Carlisle, Pa., Dorothy Larsen of Naples, Fla., Emerson Lesher of Mechanicsburg, Pa. and Harvey Sider of Fort Erie, Ontario, Canada; two members from the college’s ranked faculty, Susanna Caroselli and David Vader; two representatives from the school’s College Council, Kris Hansen-Kieffer, vice provost/dean of students, and Joseph Jones, dean of Messiah's School of Education and Social Sciences; a representative from the current student body, Maggie Arnold; and alumni association chair, Maureen Fitzgerald Fairbanks.

In her current role as provost, Phipps is the chief academic officer for the school, focusing on offices and programs that bear directly upon curricular and cocurricular learning. Phipps holds a Ph.D. in communication studies from Kent State, and has served in a variety of leadership roles at Malone College in Ohio, including professor and chair of the department of communication arts, acting dean of the college, and associate dean for faculty development. Prior to becoming Messiah’s second provost, she served Messiah College for two years as academic dean.

Messiah College, a private Christian college of the liberal and applied arts and sciences, enrolls more than 2,900 undergraduate students in 60 majors. Established in 1909, the primary campus is located in Grantham, Pa., near the state capital of Harrisburg. A satellite campus affiliated with Temple University is located in Philadelphia.

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