Devorah Lieberman Named University of La Verne’s 18th President

Devorah Lieberman has been named the 18th president of the University of La Verne in California, and the first female president in the school’s 119-year history. Photo by Jeanine Hill, courtesy of ULV

Devorah Lieberman has been selected to be the 18th president of the University of La Verne (ULV), a Church of the Brethren-related school in La Verne, Calif. According to a release from the university, she will be the first female president in ULV’s 119-year history when she begins in the position on June 30, 2011, following the retirement of president Stephen C. Morgan.

Lieberman has a 33-year career in higher education. Since 2004 she has served as provost and vice president for Academic Affairs at Wagner College in Staten Island, N.Y. Prior to her time at Wagner, she spent more than 16 years at Portland (Ore.) State University as a faculty member in the Department of Communication Studies and an administrator.

From 2002-05 she was one of 13 national scholars selected to participate in the Project on the Future of Higher Education. She has chaired the American Council on Education (ACE) International Collaborative, has been an ACE Institute Facilitator and an Institutional Representative chair for the New American Colleges and Universities, and has served on an advisory board for the National Review Board for Civic Engagement. Along with her administrative duties, she has continued to teach and one course co-taught online with a professor in Greece, “Intercultural Business Communications,” earned her the American Council on Education “Bringing the World into the Classroom” award in 2010.

ULV held a special event introducing Lieberman to the campus community on Dec. 8.

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