Bryon L. Grigsby, senior vice president and vice president for academic affairs at Shenandoah University, has been named the 16th president of Moravian College and Moravian Theological Seminary. Grigsby is a 1990 graduate of Moravian College. He will assume the presidency in July 2013, succeeding Christopher M. Thomforde, who will depart Moravian in July after serving seven years as president of the College and Seminary.
“Dr. Grigsby brings experience from a number of other institutions as a scholar, a teacher and an innovative administrator,” said Lyn Trodahl Chynoweth, chair of Moravian’s Joint Board of Trustees. “His leadership skills and his commitment to the holistic student experience were touted by his colleagues. Those skills and experiences, coupled with his passion for Moravian, position him to lead Moravian College and Moravian Theological Seminary superbly in the coming years—a time which will be fraught with changes to the higher education landscape in the Lehigh Valley and beyond.”
“As the successful administration of Dr. Thomforde concludes, Moravian is positioned for even greater future success,” Trodahl Chynoweth added. “We believe that Bryon Grigsby will provide the experience, energy, and character needed to lift Moravian to a new level of institutional excellence and distinction.”
Kenneth J. Rampolla, chair-elect of the Board of Trustees echoed Trodahl Chynoweth’s enthusiasm. “It is an honor to welcome Dr. Bryon Grigsby back to the Moravian College community as our new president-elect. His experiences as a provost, administrator, professor and Greyhound make him an ideal candidate to lead Moravian as we continue to strengthen and enhance our institution,” he noted.
Grigsby is honored to return to Moravian and meet the challenges facing higher education and build upon the College’s strong tradition of academic excellence. “There is no greater honor than to serve your alma mater, and I am truly humbled to be selected as the next president of Moravian College. It is a call to come home,” he said. “As the sixth-oldest college in the nation, Moravian has a rich history, distinguished alumni, engaged faculty, committed student support staff, and a vibrant and active student body.
“Moravian also provides a beacon of faith through its values-based undergraduate education and the teaching at the Seminary,” Grigsby noted. “Moravian prepared me well for life, and I want to ensure that the College flourishes in the future so it can continue to transform lives. I look forward to working with those who call Moravian and the Bethlehem community home.”
The presidential search committee worked over a six-month period with Greenwood/Asher and Associates, an executive search firm specializing in higher education. The committee solicited the input and perspective of the entire campus community through face-to-face listening sessions, as well as through an online leadership survey, which also captured input from alumni.
Rev. David Bennett, chair of the Seminary Board of Trustees, chaired the search committee. “The Board of Trustees of Moravian Theological Seminary is extremely pleased with Dr. Grigsby’s willingness to serve as the next president. We know Moravian will benefit from his collaborative leadership style and his experience in utilizing technology in higher education,” he explained. “We are grateful for Dr. Thomforde’s excellent leadership in helping us to navigate our way through today’s changing landscape of theological education. We now welcome Dr. Grigsby’s vision as we explore new and innovative ways for preparing men and women for effective leadership and service in congregational, counseling, teaching, and other ministries.”
From the March 2013 Moravian Magazine