Mt. Olive College Changes

Dr. J. William Byrd, the third president of Mount Olive College, is stepping down as president June 30 and will become chancellor at the school. (Dr. Byrd is pictured above.)

Dr. Philip Kerstetter will begin as president July 1.

According to the school's website, Dr. Byrd in his new role of chancellor will "concentrate on external relations and special projects including Institutional Advancement work."

Here is information about Dr. Byrd's history at the college:

"During his 14 years as president of Mount Olive College, Dr. J. William Byrd has led the transformation of the institution that began with the development of the College’s nontraditional programming in 1993. He has improved the College’s financial strength and directed the most comprehensive strategic planning effort in the school’s 58-year history.

During the years with Dr. Byrd at the helm, Mount Olive College has made many advances including growing to serve students in six locations in Eastern North Carolina (soon to be seven with the addition of Jacksonville), expanding the curriculum and the enrollment, increasing the endowment and adding new facilities totaling more than 175,000 square feet of space.

Under Dr. Byrd’s leadership, the College has made over $50 million dollars in capital improvements, including the addition of a state-of-the-art communication’s facility, a Wellness Center, a new academic complex, several additions to the College’s athletics facilities including a new baseball field house, a new softball field and dugouts, a soccer field and new tennis courts and this fall the opening of a new residential housing complex. Dr. Byrd has also led the institution through a comprehensive organizational restructuring that included strengthening of the College’s Mission and focusing on core values through the College Covenant."
(End of press release)

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One local college has a new president.

The board of trustees at Mount Olive College has named 61 year-old Dr. Phillip Paul Kerstetter, President and Chief Executive Officer of Kansas Wesleyan University in Salina, Kansas, as the college's fourth president.

Kerstetter will take office on July 1, and succeeds Dr. J. William Byrd, who previously announced that he would be stepping down after 14 years as president of the college.

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