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Springfield College names new president


Mary-Beth Cooper, Springfield College's 13th president

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SPRINGFIELD — Mary-Beth Cooper, a vice president at Rochester Institute of Technology with an extensive collection of academic degrees, has been named the 13th president of Springfield College by a unanimous vote of the Springfield College Board of Trustees.

Cooper will assume her duties at Springfield College by Sept. 1.

“I am thrilled to join the Springfield College community,” Cooper in a statement. “The college has such a meaningful mission and renowned reputation and I am honored to have been selected to serve as its next president.”

Cooper is senior vice president for student affairs at the Rochester (N.Y.) Institute of Technology. She provides leadership for a broad-based campus life program, including intercollegiate athletics, and has extensive experience in fundraising.

Cooper also serves as distinguished lecturer in the College of Business and as an adjunct professor in the Warner School of Education at the University of Rochester, according to a biography provided by Springfield College.

Cooper earned a bachelor of arts degree from the University of Delaware, a master of science degree in education from the University of Georgia, a doctorate in college and university administration from Michigan State University, a master of business administration degree from the University of Rochester and a doctorate in management from Case Western Reserve University.

She has also completed two leadership certificate programs offered by Harvard University.

“Upon first meeting Dr. Cooper I was quickly impressed with her enthusiasm and her ability to effectively communicate,” trustee Chairman Douglass Coupe said in a statement. “She is a visionary, with a strong background in higher education and a commitment to community engagement.”

Cooper was selected after a national search. She succeeds Richard B. Flynn, who announced his retirement in February, following a 14-year tenure.

Joining Cooper in Springfield will be her husband, David Cooper. They have a son, Calvin, who is a junior at the University of Delaware.

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