Grant Cornwell named president of Rollins College

Will complete eighth year at Wooster on June 30 before moving on

19 February, 2015 by John Hopkins

WOOSTER, Ohio – Grant H. Cornwell, president of The College of Wooster since 2007, has been named president of Rollins College in Winter Park, Fla. He will complete his eighth year at Wooster on June 30 before moving on to his new position.

“Rollins appeals to my desire to continue advancing liberal education in the 21st century,” Cornwell said. “While it is a very different college than Wooster, serving different student populations, its values, like Wooster’s, resonate powerfully with my own.”

“Naturally, we are disappointed at the prospect of Grant’s departure,” said William Longbrake, chair of Wooster’s board of trustees, “but we wish him and Peg well as they embark on this new venture. In eight years as president, Grant and his team have accomplished a great deal. We are no longer a ‘best kept secret.’ We have set new records for applications in six of the last eight years, launched strategically important initiatives like APEX, our integrated program for student academic and career advising, planning and experiential learning, and achieved growing recognition as America’s premier college for mentored undergraduate research. We built the Scot Center, a LEED Gold certified athletic and recreation facility, and transformed a 113-year-old school building into a one-of-a-kind student residence hall, Gault Schoolhouse. Wooster’s trajectory and momentum – and the team that has done so much to create that momentum – give us great confidence in the future of this college that we all love.”

Longbrake announced that Mary Neagoy, vice-chair of the board, will chair the search committee for Wooster’s next president. The Board of Trustees will consider interim leadership for the college, while the search process is underway, at its regularly scheduled board meeting on February 28.

“This was a difficult decision,” Cornwell said. “Wooster’s mission and approach to liberal education are distinctive within American higher education. I have the greatest affection and admiration for my Wooster colleagues and the integrity with which they pursue that distinctive mission. It has been an honor to contribute to Wooster's rich history while bringing greater attention to its unique strengths. I am proud of what we have accomplished together during the last eight years. As I move to a new challenge, I believe the College is in a position of great strength.”

The College of Wooster is America’s premier college for mentored undergraduate research. Wooster offers an excellent, comprehensive liberal arts education, culminating in a rigorous senior project, in which each student works one-on-one with a faculty mentor to conceive, organize and complete a significant research project on a topic of the student’s own choosing. Through this distinctive program, every Wooster student develops abilities valued by employers and graduate schools alike: independent judgment, analytical ability, creativity, project-management and time-management skills, and strong written and oral communication skills. Founded in 1866, the college enrolls approximately 2,000 students.