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Board of Trustees names interim president

James Steffy took over as Muhlenberg’s interim president in August. He will serve as president while the College conducts a national search for a permanent replacement for Arthur Taylor, who led the College from August 1992 until July 2002.

Steffy’s appointment was announced following a meeting of the Executive Committee of the Board of Trustees.

“Jim is a professional of great integrity and is dedicated and loyal to Muhlenberg. Over the years, he has built positive relationships with faculty, staff, students and alumni,” says John M. Heffer, chair of the Board of Trustees. “We are fortunate to have someone of his ability and breadth of experience to take on this position. He is the right person for the interim job.”

Steffy has been involved with higher education for more than 40 years, including 26 years at Susquehanna University and 17 at Muhlenberg. He has been affiliated with the College since 1985.

Steffy joined the faculty at Susquehanna University in 1959, where he taught in the music department until 1982. He attained the academic rank of professor, was music department chair for 12 years, and served as conductor of the university bands. Steffy filled two senior management positions during those years, including one year as acting vice president for academic affairs and three years as dean of continuing education. In 1982, he was named dean of academic services and was responsible for the university’s marketing and enrollment planning, as well as academic records and continuing education.

In 1985, Steffy spent a year as executive director of Educational Ventures, Inc., the Muhlenberg and Cedar Crest College consortium for joint programs. In January 1986, Steffy was named executive director for planning and administration at Muhlenberg and shortly thereafter was named a vice president. He retired in December 1999. Since that time, he has remained as a consultant to the College for major capital projects.

A native of Reading, Pa., Steffy attended the Curtis Institute of Music and holds a bachelor of science degree from West Chester University. He earned his master of education degree from Pennsylvania State University.



History prof receives grant for book on polio

Daniel J. Wilson, professor of history and head of the history department, has been awarded an Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality/National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship for the 2002-03 academic year.

Wilson will write a book on the experience of polio in 20th-century America, discussing the significant medical developments and the cultural and social phenomena of the epidemics. The book will examine the experience of polio from the perspective of someone who had the disease, drawing on memoirs, narratives and oral history.

Wilson joined the Muhlenberg faculty in 1978. He earned his B.A. at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, and his M.A. and Ph.D. at Johns Hopkins University. His historical research and scholarship focuses on the history of American philosophy and the culture of the U.S. polio epidemics


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