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Macalester College board approves appointment of its 17th president

Dr. Suzanne Rivera is the first female president in the college's 145-year history.

Macalester College in St. Paul confirmed on Monday it has appointed Dr. Suzanne Rivera as the 17th president in its 145-year history.

Dr. Rivera was appointed from the Case Western Reserve University, where she is the Vice President for Research and Technology Management.

She will take up her new role this summer, in doing so becoming the first woman and Latinx person to hold the position.

She will replace Brian Rosenberg, who will step down from his duties in May having announced his resignation last year. He has been president of the college for 17 years.

"Dr. Rivera has distinguished herself through her work as an ethicist; her record of advancing the values of service, internationalism, and multiculturalism that define our institution; and her accomplishments as a senior leader in academia," said Jerry Crawford, Chair of the Macalester College Board of Trustees, in a Monday press statement.

"Her depth of knowledge and strategic thinking, as well as her ability to inspire, will serve the Macalester community well as we look to the opportunities and challenges of the future. We look forward to welcoming Dr. Rivera to Macalester."

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Dr. Rivera has a BA in American Civilization from Brown University, an Ivy League school, as well as a Master's in Social Welfare from the University of California, Berkeley.

She received her Doctor of Philosophy in Public Affairs at the University of Texas in Dallas.

As well as working for CWRU, she has also held research leadership positions at University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center and the University of California, Irvine, and has been involved in national social justice and equity initiatives.

"It is an incredible honor and privilege to join the Macalester family," Rivera said. “This is a community where curious people thrive, where individuality is celebrated, and where the purpose of education is to equip students with tools to make an impact in the wider world."

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