GREENVILLE, Pa. (WYTV) – Thiel College made a historic announcement Tuesday, naming its first female president in the college’s 150-year history.
Dr. Susan Traverso was introduced during a ceremony at the college’s main campus in Greenville, Pa. She was chosen from a field of 70 candidates.
Traverso previously served nine years as provost and vice president of Elizabethtown College in Elizabethtown, Pa. She will serve as Thiel’s 20th president beginning August 1.
Dr. Barry Stamn, chair of the Thiel College Board of Trustees, said during Traverso’s introduction that he and the board were especially interested in Traverso’s service in the Peace Corps where she served as a volunteer and educational coordinator in Yemen, as well as a project director in Yemen before coming back to the states to continue her education career in administration.
Traverso said during her remarks that she is “thrilled” to build on the accomplishments of former President Dr. Troy VanAken.
“I am going to get to work, and I am going to work hard. The college’s strategy already underway will be a wonderful opportunity for me to learn more about Thiel. To listen, to understand and together we can we can map out new goals and objectives to move the college ahead,” Traverso said.
Thiel is a private college with just over 1,000 undergraduates in attendance, according to the U.S. Department of Education. The average annual cost is $22,402 per year with a 33 percent graduation rate.