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Transylvania vice president for alumni and development named president of Culver-Stockton College

Richard ValentineLEXINGTON, Ky.—Richard Valentine, Transylvania University’s vice president for alumni and development since 2004, has been named the 25th president of Culver-Stockton College, effective July 1. Founded in 1853, Culver-Stockton College is a four-year liberal arts institution located in Canton, Mo.

"I am honored to have been chosen to lead Culver-Stockton, my alma mater,” said Valentine. “The college aspires to excellence and has the momentum to become a truly great liberal arts college that serves its students and its region with distinction.”

While at Transylvania, Valentine directed programs that increased the alumni giving percentage and set a total giving record. The university is closing out a five-year $32 million capital campaign.

“Richard Valentine has given exceptional leadership to our alumni and development program,” said Transylvania President Charles L. Shearer. “He is a highly valued member of the senior administrative staff, and I will miss his wisdom and experience. Culver-Stockton made an excellent choice in the selection of its next president.”

“Transylvania has been a wonderful place for me to serve as vice president for alumni and development,” said Valentine. “The character of the University and the quality of its people—students, faculty, staff, alumni, board members and friends—have made every day productive and enjoyable.

“I have learned much from the opportunity to work with President Charles Shearer. I will tremendously miss him and all the great people I have come to know these past five years,” he said.

Valentine, a 1970 graduate of Culver-Stockton College, served the college as a member of its Board of Trustees and former dean of admission.

Before coming to Transylvania, Valentine served as vice president for admission (1993-95) and then vice president for external relations for nine years at Monmouth College, Monmouth, Ill.  Valentine was also dean of admission and financial aid for then-Arkansas College, now known as Lyon College, in Batesville, Ark.  

At Culver-Stockton, Valentine replaces William L. Fox who has accepted the presidency of St. Lawrence University (Canton, N.Y.), his alma mater.

A search for a new vice president for alumni and development will begin immediately.

For more information, contact the public relations office at (859) 233-8120.

5/11/2009

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