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New President

Kuncls and Richard Fisher

Dr. Ralph and Nancy Kuncl, with Board of Trustees Chairman Richard Fisher.

On June 2, 2012, the University of Redlands Board of Trustees elected Dr. Ralph W. Kuncl as the 11th president of the University. Kuncl, currently provost and executive vice president of University of Rochester, succeeds retiring President James R. Appleton and will assume his duties in mid-August 2012.

Message from the Chairman, Board of Trustees

It is with great enthusiasm that I report the appointment of Dr. Ralph Kuncl as the 11th president of the University of Redlands. The Presidential Search Committee and the Board of Trustees came to the unanimous decision that Dr. Kuncl is the right person to lead Redlands and continue to build on its 104 years of educational excellence.

A desire to become a central part of the life of the University, a commitment to diversity and a consensus-building leadership style are just some of the qualities Dr. Kuncl brings to the University. He is friendly, approachable and an active listener who relates easily and well with others. He is also a proven friend-raiser and fundraiser who will take a visible and positive role in representing the University to all constituencies in the Inland Empire and throughout the country.

Dr. Kuncl, a Los Angeles native, has a rich, diverse background of experience in medicine, teaching, and leadership. His career began as a medical doctor and professor at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, where he is recognized as one of the leading medical and research experts in the search for treatment of ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease). His appointment to vice provost of Johns Hopkins University was the turning point of his career toward educational administration, where he committed to educational leadership with the same vigor as he had for medical research. Following his tenure at Johns Hopkins University, he served as provost at Bryn Mawr College, and for the past five years has served with distinction as provost and executive vice president at the University of Rochester.

President Appleton has told me how pleased he is with the selection and confident the University will enjoy success under Dr. Kuncl’s leadership, and how determined he is to create a seamless transition.

The Board of Trustees wishes to extend its thanks to members of the Presidential Search Committee for their dedication to the University in this important process. Together with Dr. Kuncl, we look forward with great confidence to the possibilities for the future of the University of Redlands.

Richard N. Fisher
Chairman, Board of Trustees


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