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Illinois College Announces New President

After a lengthy nationwide search, Illinois College in Jacksonville now has a new president.

The search started back in April, and Monday the school announced Dr. Barbara Edwards Farley as Illinois College's 14th president in the school's 183-year history. She was introduced to the campus and community Monday afternoon.

Farley comes to Jacksonville from Minnesota, where she is the Vice President of Academic Affairs and Dean of the College at Augsburg College in Minneapolis.

"My presidency is going to be focused on the students and their experience at Illinois College," Farley said. "I have a deep commitment to academic excellence and that students have great opportunities when they graduate from college. And that's what I'll wake up every day caring about."

Farley also holds a Ph.D. and MBA from the Carlson School of Management at the University of Minnesota.

Farley will replace current president Axel Steuer, who announced his retirement effective at the end of the academic school year in 2013.

 
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