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New President Selected

Dr. Colleen Keith headshot On February 18, 2019, the Goldey-Beacom College Board of Trustees announced Colleen Perry Keith, Ph.D., as its 14th president and first female leader in the institution’s 133-year-old history. She will assume her role on July 1, 2019.

Dr. Keith has served as president at Pfeiffer University in North Carolina since 2015 and previously served as president of Spartanburg Methodist College from 2009 – 2015. Under her leadership, Pfeiffer significantly increased enrollment, created the Office of Digital Transformation and Technology, launched two graduate health science programs and moved the University from NCAA Division II to Division III athletics. With her strength in financial management, Dr. Keith led the institution to substantial debt reduction and received remarkable support from the U.S. Department of Agriculture for capital projects and debt refinancing.

"We are excited to welcome Dr. Keith to the greater College community," said Mark Olazagasti, Chairman of the Board of Trustees. "With more than 30 years’ experience in higher education, we believe she will be an extraordinary leader for the College. As we embark on a major campus expansion by 2020 with a new residence hall, this is perfect timing."

Dr. Keith holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science from State University of New York, University Center at Binghamton; Master of Education Degree, Education Counseling from University of Pittsburgh; and a Doctorate of Philosophy in Higher Education Administration and Student Affairs from The Ohio State University.

Dr. Keith will succeed retiring College President Gary L. Wirt who will officially turn over the reins on June 30, 2019. With a 45-year stellar career at Goldey-Beacom College, Dr. Wirt has served as a dean, vice president and president.

Chicago-based search firm Witt/Kieffer conducted a nationwide search resulting in over 700 applicants. The firm began its search one year ago and spent countless hours working closely with the Board Trustees and the Presidential Search Committee as well as conducting interviews with staff and faculty to ensure the new president met the ideal attributes identified by the entire College community. The Search Committee was co-chaired by Trustees Mark Olazagasti and Dr. Cornelia Winner and included trustees, faculty and staff of the College. As the firm narrowed the search, the Trustees and Search Committee interviewed many highly-qualified candidates.

Founded in 1886, the College offers graduate and undergraduate degrees with majors in psychology, economics, criminal justice, English, and all areas of business. With alumni from 26 states and 66 nations, Goldey-Beacom College is located in Pike Creek Valley, a suburb of Wilmington, Delaware. The College is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education and the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs.