Ursinus College has named alumna Jill Leauber Marstellar as its interim president, making her the first woman to lead the Collegeville school in its 152-year history, writes Kennedy Rose for the Philadelphia Business Journal.
Marstellar is currently serving as Ursinus’ senior vice president for advancement.
In that role, she oversees fundraising, outreach to alumni and parents, community relations, and the Berman Museum of Art.
She will start her tenure as the interim president on September 1.
The school will give an update on its search for a permanent president later this month. The presidential search task force is chaired by board trustee Cathy Geczik, a manager at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York.
Jill Leauber Marstellar will replace outgoing President Brock Blomberg who is leaving to become president of the California Institute of Integral Studies.
“Jill reflects the very best of Ursinus,” said Blomberg. The school “will thrive under her leadership.”
Marstellar, who earned a bachelor’s degree in English from Ursinus in 1978, will lead a student body of around 1,500.
“I’m grateful to have the opportunity to guide a wonderful community of learners during this transition period,” she said.
Read more about Ursinus College in the Philadelphia Business Journal.