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Bethlehem, Pa., June 28, 2013 —Bryon L. Grigsby ’90 will begin his tenure as 16th president of Moravian College and Moravian Theological Seminary on July 1, 2013. He succeeds Christopher M. Thomforde, who departs Moravian for retirement after serving seven years as president of the College and Seminary.
A 1990 graduate of Moravian, Grigsby is eager to return and begin building upon the College’s strong tradition of academic excellence. "There is no greater honor than to serve your alma mater,” he said. “As the sixth-oldest college in the nation, Moravian has a rich history, distinguished alumni, engaged faculty, committed student support staff, and a vibrant and active student body.”
“It is an honor to welcome a fellow alumnus home to meet the challenges facing higher education and lead Moravian into the future,” said Kenneth J. Rampolla ’79, chair of Moravian’s Board of Trustees. “Bryon’s experiences as a provost, administrator, professor, and Greyhound will benefit Moravian greatly as we continue to strengthen and enhance our institution.”
Grigsby has served as senior vice president and vice president for academic affairs at Shenandoah University in Winchester, Virginia, since 2008. As the chief academic officer at the institution, he was responsible for the administration of academic programs and was their main advocate to the president and the Board of Trustees. He was also responsible for the implementation of the campus-wide strategic plan.
Under his academic leadership, Shenandoah became the first environmentally friendly laptop campus in 2009, distributing MacBook Pros and iPod Touches to all incoming students. He also shepherded the new First-Year Seminar Program called "Going Global," which provided the starting point for undergraduates to become good global citizens. He worked with the president and the vice president for development in a successful $65 million capital campaign. In the classroom, Grigsby has regularly taught courses in his fields of expertise, including composition, Chaucer, Shakespeare, medieval and early modern literature, and the history of medicine and disease.
Grigsby received a B.A. from Moravian College, an M.A. from Wake Forest University, and a Ph.D. from Loyola University Chicago, specializing in medieval literature, early modern literature, and the history of medicine. During 1991, Grigsby studied at Oxford University as part of his master's degree program. In 2004, he completed Harvard University's Institute for Educational Management program and Villanova University's graduate certificate program in project management.
As a scholar, Grigsby has published a monograph, Pestilence in Medieval and Renaissance English Literature, and Misconceptions of the Middle Ages, a collection of essays compiled with his co-editor Stephen Harris. Both works were published by Routledge Press. He has also served as the general editor for the online journal Medica, and was one of the founding members and inaugural president of Medica: The Society for the Study of Health and Healing in the Middle Ages. He served as an expert for The Washington Post's article on the cultural interpretation of disease in relation to SARS, and has published articles in Shakespeare Magazine, The Writing Lab Newsletter, Modern Language Association's Teaching Medicine and Literature, The Connecticut Review, and Essays in Medieval Studies.
Prior to his work at Shenandoah University, Grigsby held several administrative and academic positions at Centenary College in Hackettstown, New Jersey. From 2000 to 2008, he was an assistant professor of English and director of the Writing Center, dean of graduate and professional programs, vice president for strategic implementation and professional programs, and provost and chief operating officer.
While at Centenary, Grigsby assisted the president in completing a $38 million capital campaign. He also was credited with building consensus for the institution’s strategic plan, significantly growing adult and online curricula to improve access and convenience to generate revenue, and shaping the undergraduate curriculum to better serve the students and increase retention. He also received a grant from NASA for an Innovative Teacher Training Program that used gaming technology to enhance learning. As an advocate for using technology to improve teaching and learning, Grigsby has been recognized and interviewed by Campus Technology as a leading chief academic officer for employing cutting-edge technology.
Grigsby has been an active member of the communities in which he has worked. He was a president of the Frederick County Rotary, and chairman of the board for the United Way of Northern Shenandoah. He served as a member of the Shenandoah Valley Technology Committee, and the Old Town Development Board.
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. Moravian partners with students to build a strong foundation for their future. Visit the College’s Web site at www.moravian.edu.