Monday, October 3, 2011

Former E-Magnify Director Installed as Wilson President

Dr. Barbara Mistick (l) and Dr. JoAnne Boyle (r) (photo source: Kevin G. Gilbert/Staff Photographer, Herald-Mail)
Congratulations to Dr. Barbara K. Mistick, former E-Magnify Director (1995-2002), on becoming the 19th president of Wilson College in Chambersburg, PA.

Mistick was installed this past Saturday during an investiture ceremony that highlighted a weekend of celebratory events and brought hundreds of visitors to the Wilson campus, including four past presidents of the college. 

Seton Hill University President JoAnne W. Boyle provided Inaugural Remarks and E-Magnify Director Jayne H. Huston participated in the inaugural procession of delegates (representing Seton Hill University as an Alumna – MBA 2000).

Although the ceremony was forced indoors because of rain, spirits were high as Mistick formally assumed the presidency, a post she has held since July 1. More than 500 people attended the inauguration, including about 200 who were part of the inaugural procession of delegates from more than 40 colleges and universities, educational organizations, the Presbyterian Church, alumnae class representatives, current and former trustees, faculty and staff, students, past presidents and honored guests and family members.

President Boyle, in her Inaugural Remarks, called Mistick a lifelong learner who is perceptive and intelligent. Boyle said the new president will “ask the right questions” as she goes about doing her job. “She will examine your investments … and with her businesswoman’s head, she will multiply, leverage, and capitalize on them,” Boyle said. “She will keep her spirits raised and she will raise the spirits of Wilson College.”

In welcoming those who attended, Wilson Board of Trustees Chair John W. Gibb called the ceremony “one of the more colorful rites of passage on a college campus, and also one of the most meaningful.” He expressed confidence that Mistick, who was unanimously appointed by the board of trustees in March, is the leader who brings the academic credentials, entrepreneurial spirit, and business acumen that Wilson will need to thrive in today's shifting landscape of higher education.

“Wilson has been blessed to have the right leader with the right skills for each moment in her history, and today that remarkable run continues with the inauguration of Dr. Mistick,” Gibb said.

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