Looking Back, Looking Forward: A Farewell Interview with President Rokke

During Ervin J. Rokke’s nine years as president of Moravian, enrollment in the College has increased to more than 1,500 students, and enrollment in the Seminary has grown to more than 100. The College has doubled the number of entering freshmen in the top 10% of their class, and raised the SAT scores of the freshman class nearly 70 points. Moravian has introduced new majors and a new general-education curriculum, Learning in Common (LinC), and established the Comenius Center for Continuing, Professional, and Graduate Studies. The new Priscilla Payne Hurd Academic Complex offers classrooms with advanced technological support for teaching and learning. The institution boasts new townhouse-style living quarters for students. The football team has been invited to join the Centennial Conference, and a new conference of distinguished institutions has been formed for the other varsity sports. In an interview with the editor of this magazine, President Rokke reflects on his experience as leader of Moravian.

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Photo: John Kish IV