A message from Carmen Twillie Ambar, the new president of Oberlin College, was made public Aug. 4.
Ambar will be the 15th president of Oberlin College. She will be on campus full-time starting in September.
Here’s what she had to say in a video posted by the college:
“I’m really excited to be joining the Oberlin community. So here’s what lured me to Oberlin.
“It was Oberlin’s commitment to academic and musical excellence, its focus on the liberal arts, but also its intertwined mission of social justice and equity.
“And of course the incredible faculty here, dedicated to scholarship and teaching that really is the heart of the Oberlin experience.
“And then, the incredible students and alumni, who by all accounts go out and change the world for good.
“What could be better?
“So I’m so excited to be joining you on this incredible journey at this incredible institution at an important time in our history, as we face tremendous pressures of small, private, liberal arts colleges. The goal for us is to think collaboratively together about how we hold on to that mission, but we do so in a way that embraces who we need to be.
“I cannot wait to begin this journey with you. I look forward to our conversations, and I’m so excited to be joining what is an incredible community — the Oberlin community.”
Ambar was named president May 30. She is the first African-American leader in the college’s 184-year history.
She previously served as president of Cedar Crest College, and vice president and dean of Douglass College at Rutgers University. She was assistant dean of graduate education at the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University.
Prior to entering the realm of education, she was attorney in the New York City law department as an assistant corporation counsel.
Ambar takes over for Marvin Krislov, who resigned to become president of Pace University in Manhattan.
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