Leadership at four Virginia colleges changed during the past year with the inauguration of four new presidents.
On Oct. 6, Dr. Michael J. Puglisi became the 16th president of Virginia Intermont College, a co-educational liberal arts-based college in Bristol.
A native of Arlington, Va., Puglisi holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in History from James Madison University. He received his master of Arts and Doctoral degrees from The College of William and Mary. Puglisi held teaching positions at Virginia Military Institute, Emory & Henry College and Marian College.
In1997, he became vice president for academic affairs at Virginia Intermont, and served as provost and interim president before the Board of Trustees made the unanimous decision to name him president of the college.
Dr. William J. Frawley took the helm at the University of Mary Washington in Fredericksburg on July 31, on the eve of the institution’s centennial celebration. He will continue teaching as a Distinguished University Professor of Linguistics.
Frawley has lectured throughout the world and held appointments at schools in Hungary, Poland, Morocco and the United States. He holds a doctorate from Northwestern University and a master’s degree from Louisiana State University. He graduated from Glassboro State College, now Rowan University.
Emory & Henry College near Abingdon welcomed its 20th president, Dr. Rosalind Reichard, who previously served as senior vice president at Meredith College.
She replaces Dr. Thomas R. Morris, who was appointed in January as Virginia’s secretary of education. With her appointment in June, Reichard became the first female to serve as president of Emory & Henry College in its 170-year history.
Robert R. Lindgren became the 15th president of Randolph-Macon College in Ashland on Feb. 1. He came to Randolph-Macon from The Johns Hopkins Institutions in Baltimore, where he served as vice president for development and alumni relations.
Prior to joining Johns Hopkins in 1994, he served for 10 years as vice president and chief development officer at the University of Florida. While at the school, he also served as an assistant dean for the College of Law and earlier as the assistant to the president.