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Weitzel to assume the presidency of Cottey College

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The Cottey College Board of Trustees and the Presidential Search Committee are pleased to announce the appointment of Cottey's twelfth president, Dr. Jann Rudd Weitzel. Dr. Weitzel replaces the previous president-designate, Dr. Doris Tegart, who resigned for personal reasons.

Dr. Weitzel comes to Cottey from Lindenwood University in St. Charles, Missouri, where she has served as provost. During her tenure, Dr. Weitzel oversaw the development of new academic programs, including the first 12 degree programs for a new full-service campus in Belleville, Illinois; a nursing and health sciences center in St. Charles, Missouri; and a distance learning center that now offers ten online degrees and a multitude of individual online courses.

“Cottey is incredibly fortunate to have had two outstanding candidates to replace the retiring Dr. Judy Rogers,” said Janet Brown, chairman of the board of trustees. “While the board is disappointed that Dr. Tegart had to resign as president-designate due to unforeseen personal circumstances, we are so pleased to have Dr. Weitzel to assume the presidency of this outstanding college.”

Dr. Tegart, in a letter to the Cottey College Board of Trustees, wrote: “Please know and convey to the other Board of Trustee members that this is not a reflection on Cottey College, the professional situation, or any component of the work. I am heart-broken that I cannot fulfill this dream job at Cottey, a unique, student-centered higher education institution for women.”

Dr. Weitzel understands the unique and special qualities of a women's institution. Her current university was a women's-only college for over 140 years and was founded by a pioneering 19th century female educator who was committed to the development of women through useful and practical education that developed the whole person. Dr. Weitzel has had the opportunity to witness firsthand the deep, durable relationships that women develop with their peers, their professors, their areas of study, and their alma mater when they attend a women-only institution.

“I look forward to serving as the ambassador for Cottey College, sharing widely its history, its traditions, and its amazing programs,” said Dr. Weitzel. “As a 24-year member of the P.E.O. Sisterhood, I know the value of both Cottey College and women's education. I am an enthusiastic supporter of women's leadership programs, and Cottey offers some of the best opportunities for women to learn to become leaders. I cannot wait to participate in the life of this campus.”

“Dr. Tegart's resignation, due to her personal circumstances, is unfortunate,” said Maria Baseggio, president of International Chapter of the P.E.O. Sisterhood. “P.E.O. is privileged that the search resulted in two very strong candidates for the presidency of Cottey College. We're confident that Dr. Weitzel's professional experience, focus on women's leadership and her longstanding membership in P.E.O. will serve our college very well.”

In recent years, Dr. Weitzel has traveled to China, Panama, and France representing her institution. She believes in the value and importance of encouraging international travel for students and increasing the multicultural experience on campus by recruiting students from outside of the United States. Her experience dovetails nicely with Cottey's emphasis on global awareness. Cottey has, for the last 15 years, taken its second-year class to a European city for the first week of spring break. In addition, selected baccalaureate programs have a study abroad component, and approximately 10 percent of Cottey's student population is international.

Dr. Weitzel and her husband have been married for 40 years and have two daughters and four grandchildren. They look forward to relocating to Nevada, Missouri, where they can become active members of the campus community, as well as the Nevada community.

Cottey College is an independent, liberal arts and sciences college for women located in Nevada, Missouri. Its residential student capacity of 350 typically represents 40 states and 20 countries. Cottey is owned by the P.E.O. Sisterhood, an international women's organization of over 238,000 members, making Cottey the only nonsectarian college in the United States owned and supported by women for women.

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