March 28, 2020

Students react to President Paul’s new position at Nazareth College

Nearly four months after announcing her departure from the university, President Paul has officially been selected as the 10th president of Nazareth College in Rochester, New York. 

The announcement was made at an event at Nazareth on Monday, Jan. 27., during which Paul addressed the college for the first time. 

Following a vote of no confidence from board members in 2019, the future of President Paul’s future with Capital was questioned.

“Nazareth is always moving forward,” Paul said at the event, according to a press release from the university. “You care deeply about your mission … you are always putting it in action. Those are the institutions that are going to thrive.”

Current Nazareth College President Daan Braveman is stepping down in June after his 15-year tenure. Paul will then be taking office July 1 after completing her tenure as Capital’s 16th president in June. 

Some Capital students expressed their feelings about President Paul leaving.

“President Paul, to me, was a good president,” Amber Bell, sophomore early childhood education major, said. “To hear the news that she’s going to a different university is pretty upsetting.”

“I’m happy she’s found a new place,” Nolan Mcclung, sophomore integrated science education major, said, “and I hope that the issues that happened at Capital aren’t the same at Nazareth.”

This is Nolan Mcclung, second year integrated science education major. Photo taken by Robert Cumberlander.

Capital is still conducting its own national search for its next president, which officially launched in December. The search committee is representative of students, faculty, staff, alumni, and trustees. 

Students talked about some of the qualities that they would like to see in the new president.

“When I visited Capital, I was always told that our president is very involved,” Frankie Baber, first-year psychology major, said. “I haven’t really felt that since I got here, so perhaps the new president can bring more involvement with the students.”

This is Frankie Baber, first year psychology student. Photo taken by Robert Cumberlander.

There are other students that share a different opinion on how much President Paul did for the campus.

“President Paul really took an interest in the students, and I’m really going to miss her,” Krupa Shah, sophomore early childhood education major, said. “I really hope that the new president will be able to bring that same sense of community to the campus.”

The committee is set to come together in mid-March to review candidate applications and select a group for first-round interviews.

  • Robert Cumberlander is a staff reporter for The Chimes and a sophomore at Capital University, majoring in Film and Media Production with a minor in Entrepreneurship.

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