Maryland

Washington College board selects new president

CHESTERTOWN, Md. - Washington College will soon have a new president.

The college's Board of Visitors and Governors announced Friday the choice of Kurt M. Landgraf as the school's next president. Landgraf is scheduled to begin his term on July 1st, officials said.

Landgraf's appointment comes after current President Sheila Bair announced her retirement earlier this week. Bair, the school's first female president, served in the role since 2015.

Board Chair H. Lawrence Culp Jr. says Landgraf has proven himself to be an exceptional leader throughout his career. Landgraf has worked as a senior executive with DuPont and as the president and CEO of Educational Testing Service, an evaluation provider for schools.

"We believe his collaborative leadership style, his ability to craft ambitious and integrated strategies and his operation experience will be an asset to Washington College," Culp said.

"I am deeply honored by the opportunity to join the Washington College community, and to continue the work of my predecessors in providing students with the best possible education," said Landgraf. "To join the ranks of this storied and historic institution is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, and I'm certain that by working with the faculty, staff, student body, and board, as well as others in the community, we will be able to accomplish extraordinary things."


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