The Next President of Oberlin College in Ohio

The next president of Oberlin CollegeOberlin College in Ohio, founded 184 years ago, has announced that Carmen Twillie Ambar will become the college’s 15th president in September. She will  be the first African American to hold the position.

Oberlin College enrolls about 2,900 students. Women make up 56 percent of the student body.

In accepting the appointment as Oberlin’s next president, Dr. Ambar said, “Oberlin is a singular institution in American higher education, with a historic commitment to social justice, academic and musical excellence, and the liberal arts. I look forward to my work with Oberlin’s faculty, staff, students, board, and alumni to think creatively and collaboratively together. I am humbled to be joining this institution and excited about the opportunity to lead it into its next era.”

Since 2008, Dr. Ambar has been serving as president of Cedar Crest College in Allentown, Pennsylvania. She is widely regarded as having done a remarkable job leading the woman’s college. The college’s endowment has increased 92 percent during her tenure and 18 new academic programs have been added. She has produced a budget surplus over the past three years and enrollments have grown in six of the past even years. This fall, Cedar Crest College will enroll its largest entering class in the past decade. Her revolutionary “Sophomore Expedition” takes the entire second-year class on a study abroad trip.

Before being named president of Cedar Crest College, Dr. Amber was dean of Douglass College at Rutgers University in New Jersey. She was the youngest dean in university history. Earlier, she was the assistant dean at the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University.

A native of Little Rock, Arkansas, President Ambar is a graduate of Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. She earned a master’s degree in public affairs at Princeton University and a juris doctorate at Columbia Law School.

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