Dr. Kuncl begins tenure as 11th president

Ralph W. Kuncl begins tenure as the 11th president of University of Redlands

A highly regarded educational leader and Southern California native takes helm

August 16, 2012–Dr. Ralph Kuncl, the new University of Redlands president, arrives on campus today. Dr. Kuncl, who was provost and executive vice president at the University of Rochester for the past five years, takes over from retiring President James R. Appleton. Dr. Kuncl expressed his appreciation for his predecessor who retires after 20-plus years as leader of the 4,700-student University in Southern California.

The University of Redlands Board of Trustees met June 2, 2012 to receive the unanimous recommendation from the University’s presidential search committee, and then elected Dr. Ralph W. Kuncl the 11th president of University of Redlands.

"I am honored and humbled to have been selected to serve as the next president of the University of Redlands,” Kuncl said. “The University of Redlands is clearly a great team and it’s the opportunity of a lifetime to be selected to lead the University into an energetic future."

“Ralph is a high-energy person and a very effective, principled leader, and along with a remarkable background and list of achievements, we found him to be a man who is motivated by service to others, and particularly with a mission of helping to build and improve a liberal arts and sciences college like Redlands,” said Carole Beswick, University trustee and chair of the presidential search committee.

“With the leadership of Ralph Kuncl we look forward with great confidence to the possibilities for the future of the University of Redlands” Board of Trustees Chairman Richard Fisher said.

Dr. Kuncl grew up in the Eagle Rock area of Los Angeles, and received his B.A. degree at Occidental College. He earned his Ph.D. and M.D. degrees from the University of Chicago and completed postdoctoral fellowships at The Johns Hopkins University before serving for 20 years as Professor of Neurology and Pathology at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. For more details on Dr. Kuncl’s professional accolades visit:

He is married to Nancy Kuncl, a former businesswoman and now a hospice nurse.

“Dr. Jim Appleton leaves a superb legacy, guiding the University through many years of excellence and paving the way for future success,” Kuncl said.

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