MIDWAY, Ky. (Nov. 29, 2012) — After a six-month national search, the Midway College Board of Trustees has named Dr. John P. Marsden the 10th president of the institution.
Marsden was one of three finalists who visited the campus in October and met with members of the board of trustees, staff, faculty, students, alumni and community members. He and his wife, Margaret, and their son will be relocating from Wilson, N.C., where he serves as provost and vice president of academic affairs at Barton College. He will officially begin his tenure Feb. 1, 2013.
“We (the board) truly believe Marsden’s experience, academic background and personality are a great match for Midway College and that he will build on our current momentum and help develop and implement a long-term strategic plan for the college,” said Donna Moore, board member and chairperson of the search committee.
Midway College has a long tradition of providing students with a professionally-oriented liberal arts education that prepares them for lives of leadership, service, and responsible citizenship, Marsden said.
“I am enthusiastic about the opportunity to collaboratively build a vision for the college based on its solid foundation,” he said.
Marsden earned an undergraduate degree in architecture with a minor in industrial management at Carnegie Mellon University. He received a master’s degree in architecture and graduate certificate in gerontology from the University of Arizona, and earned his Ph.D. with a major in environment and behavior and a minor in gerontology from the University of Michigan.
He is the author or co-author of four books in the areas of dementia, assisted living and evidence-based design, as well as numerous book chapters, articles and presentations.