Arcadia University President Steps Down, Will Serve Through June

Arcadia University campus in Glenside. Many local colleges and universities, including Arcadia, are deciding how to proceed and are preparing for all eventualities, be it in-person, online, or virtual classes.

It has not been a good year for Arcadia University, and it seems that the educational institution’s troubles are continuing into the New Year with the announcement that its current president will soon be departing the school, writes Susan Snyder for

Nicolette DeVille Christensen
Nicolette DeVille Christensen

The troubled Glenside school has announced that Nicolette DeVille Christensen will be leaving her position as president when her contract expires in June.

The announcement did not specify any specific reasons for Christensen’s departure. It comes just three months after Chris van de Velde stepped down as chairman of the board of trustees for personal reasons.

“The Board of Trustees wishes to acknowledge Dr. DeVille Christensen’s role in leading the university through a challenging period of transition,” said Charles Lentz, chair of the board of trustees.

Christensen has served as president since October 2013. She stepped in to the lead the university in March of that year after the board fired Carl “Tobey” Oxholm III its then president.

“It has been an honor to serve Arcadia University as president for the past four years and previously as vice president of The College of Global Studies,” said Christensen.

So far the board has not announced any plans for finding her replacement.

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