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Moravian’s President Rokke Announces Departure

Rokke will leave in July 2006 after 9 years of Leading College and Seminary

Bethlehem, Pa., Tuesday, August 23, 2005— Dr. Ervin J. Rokke, president of Moravian College and Moravian Theological Seminary, has announced that he will depart that position effective July 31, 2006. Dr. Rokke has served as president of the College and Seminary since August 1997.

In an announcement to the campus community, Rokke said that he and his wife Pam had been “richly blessed by our daily association with students, faculty and staff whose culture and values continue to reflect the inclusive and caring spirit of our Moravian founders.” He added that “Moravian College and Moravian Theological Seminary are healthy and vibrant institutions with a record of progress that extends more than 260 years and nearly 200 years, respectively. Working together with boldness and determination during the past eight years, we have all built upon that record.”

Dr. Rokke’s past eight years of service at the helm of the College and Seminary have been marked by widespread institutional change that included substantial increases in both the quality and quantity of the student body, introduction of new curriculums and academic programs, turnover of more than a third of the continuing faculty, and major improvements to campus infrastructure.

Mrs. Priscilla Payne Hurd, Chair of the Joint Board of Trustees for the College and Seminary, said that the Board had accepted Dr. Rokke’s request “with greatest regret and reluctance.” She applauded Rokke’s “enlightened leadership and the tremendous achievement of his administration – nothing less than the revitalization of Moravian’s people, programs, and facilities.” Mrs. Hurd also announced that the Board of Trustees would soon launch a national search for “yet another dynamic and transformational president.”

Before his appointment as Moravian’s president, Dr. Rokke completed a 35-year military career distinguished by operational, diplomatic, and academic leadership positions. He retired at the rank of lieutenant general in 1997 while serving as President of the National Defense University in Washington, D.C. Rokke graduated from the U.S. Air Force Academy in 1962 and holds master's and doctorate degrees from Harvard University.

Moravian College is a private, coeducational, selective liberal arts college located in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Tracing its founding to 1742, it is recognized as America's sixth-oldest college. Visit the Web site at www.moravian.edu