Ervin J. Rokke, president of Moravian College and Moravian Theological Seminary since
1997, has notified the Board of Trustees that he will depart from the presidency on July
The President recalled his nine years at Moravian, which he called “a marvelous
institution,” in an e-mail letter to the campus community on August 22. Speaking for himself
and his wife, Pam, he said: “We have 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.”
A lieutenant general retired from the U.S.
Air Force, President Rokke brought a long career in foreign policy and diplomacy to the
College. In March 2005, when five Moravian students participated in a Model NATO conference
in Washington, D.C., they said President Rokke’s knowledge of NATO political, economic,
and military issues was among the best preparation they got for the event.
described his “bittersweet sense of sadness and achievement,” as he considered what has
been accomplished during his tenure and what yet remains to be done.
and Moravian Theological Seminary are healthy, vibrant institutions with a record of progress
that extends more than 260 years and nearly 200 years, respectively,” he wrote. “Working
together with boldness and determination during the past eight years, we have all built
upon that record.”
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Choosing the new president of a college is a task somewhere between
art and business.
At Moravian, the process of selecting President Rokke’s successor has
begun, at the direction of Priscilla Payne Hurd, chair of the Board of Trustees, with the
formation of a presidential search committee and a series of meetings between various campus
constituencies and the professional search firm hired to recruit and screen candidates.
The committee is led by Lyn Trodahl Chynoweth ’68, chair of the Board of Trustees of Moravian
Theological Seminary. Members of the committee are:
Douglas Caldwell ’66, Harry Dimopoulos,
Connie Stirling Hodson ’68, Susan Studds, Cyril Kracji ’65, and Martin Trichon ’70 from
the College Board of Trustees. J. Michael Dowd ’68, ’71 (M. Div.), Wilma Lewis, and Robert
Sawyer, from the Seminary Board of Trustees. Dana Dunn, professor of psychology, and Kay
Somers, professor of mathematics, College faculty. Glen Stoudt ’73, ’77 (M. Div.), Seminary
faculty. Erin Franz ’06 and Matt Hovey ’06, College students, and Rebecca Craver, Seminary
student. Bernie Story ’80, vice president for enrollment, College administration.
firm, Academic Search of Washington, D.C., is represented by Patricia van der Vorm, who
met with various groups during the week of September 19. Among these were faculty; College,
Seminary, and continuing education alumni; students; senior administrators; support/facilities/campus
safety staff; and trustees of the College and Seminary.