Swarthmore president headed to University of Denver
SWARTHMORE COLLEGE announced yesterday that president Rebecca Chopp will step down to become chancellor at the University of Denver.
Chopp, who has led the Delaware County liberal-arts school for five years and will begin her new post in September, cited her desire to be closer to her family in Denver. Former provost Constance Cain Hungerford will take over as interim president, effective July 14, officials said.
Gil Kemp, chairman of Swarthmore's Board of Managers, praised Chopp for "an extraordinary five years of service" and credited her with adopting a new strategic plan and establishing the Frank Aydelotte Foundation for the Advancement of the Liberal Arts, among other accomplishments.
Hungerford, an art-history professor, first joined the Swarthmore faculty in 1975. In addition to her teaching and research roles, she has handled several administrative posts, including 10 years as provost from 2001-2011.
- Solomon Leach