The Board of Trustees at Wells College has named an interim president for the upcoming school year to fill the vacancy left by the retirement of former president Lisa Marsh Ryerson.
Thomas E. J. deWitt was chosen by the board to serve as president through the 2014-15 academic year. Ryerson announced her retirement in the fall of 2012 and will end her nearly 20-year term as president this summer.
DeWitt brings to Wells more than 40 years of experience in the education community, having previously held several teaching positions throughout his career before beginning his administrative career as director of finance for Regis College in Massachusetts. He also served as the chief operating officer and executive vice president for finance and administration at Endicott College in Massachusetts. DeWitt most recently served as president of Massachusetts' Lasell College from 1988 to 2007.
"We're delighted to welcome Dr. deWitt to the college," Stanley Kott, chair of the Board of Trustees, said in a press release. "His wealth of experience and the quality of his leadership will be valuable assets as he leads Wells through this transition."
DeWitt earned his bachelor's degree from the University of Manitoba and a master's degree from the University of Virginia. He also holds a Ph.D. from the University of Virginia and an M.B.A in public management from Boston University.
"It is an honor to be selected as the interim president of Wells College," deWitt said in a statement. "I am excited to join the college and I will bring a strong focus to both finances and programs in my work as I engage the entire campus community. The college's rich history and traditions will provide an important foundation upon which we will build Wells' future."
DeWitt's term as interim president will begin Aug. 5.