The Search for Muhlenberg College's Next President

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Jonathan Fortescue, Ph.D.Jonathan Fortescue, Ph.D. is a co-founder and Managing Partner of Park Square Executive Search. He conducts leadership searches for clients who create new knowledge or work to shape the world, including research universities, liberal arts colleges, venture-backed companies, and not-for-profit organizations.

Prior to his career in executive search, Jonathan taught at Harvard for eleven years, first in the English department, where he was a perennial recipient of Derek Bok Distinguished Teaching Awards, and then in History and Literature where he won the Alan Heimert Teaching Prize. A scholar of American literature and culture, he wrote the introductions to and the literary chronologies for three of the eight volumes of the Cambridge History of American Literature. He was graduated with honors from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst with degrees in English and in Linguistics. A recipient of an Andrew W. Mellon Fellowship of the Humanities in 1989, he earned his M.A. and Ph.D. in English and American Literature and Language from Harvard University.

Jonathan continues to read for pleasure and edification. He likes to cook, garden, sail, and ski. A former competitive Master’s runner with a personal best marathon and half-marathon times of 2:39:24 and 1:12:11 respectively, he has recently returned to road cycling as the preferred means to induce endorphins. He lives in Wellesley, Massachusetts with his son, William.

Richard CelesteRichard “Dick” Celeste is the former President at Colorado College. He started serving as the 12th President in 2002 and retired in July 2011.  Celeste graduated from Yale University, where he remained for one additional year as a Carnegie Teaching Fellow. In 1961, he went to Oxford University as a Rhodes Scholar and returned to Yale in 1963 for graduate study. He then accepted a six-month assignment as a staff liaison with the Peace Corps’ Division of Volunteer Support to Latin America.

Celeste also served as Executive Assistant to the U.S. Ambassador to India under President John F. Kennedy. In 1967, he joined the National Housing Corporation in Cleveland. His career in politics began in 1970 when he was elected to the first of two terms in the Ohio House of Representatives. He was then elected Lieutenant Governor, serving from 1974 to 1978, after which he won appointment as Director of the Peace Corps under President Jimmy Carter.

He went back to Ohio from Washington two years later to mount his successful campaign for the governorship. While governor, Celeste chaired the Democratic Governors' Association. After leaving office, he became a managing partner in the consulting firm of Celeste & Sabety, Ltd. in Columbus. However, he soon returned to the world of public service as U.S. Ambassador to India under President Bill Clinton, serving from 1997 until 2001. The following year he was inaugurated the 12th President of Colorado College in Colorado Springs.