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Dr. Barbara Mistick to be Inaugurated Oct. 1 as Wilson's 19th President

Posted: September 26, 2011

Dr. Barbara K. Mistick will be inaugurated as the 19th president of Wilson College during a ceremony to be held at 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 1, on the college’s main green.

Sept. 26, 2011
CONTACT: Cathy Mentzer, Manager of Media Relations
Phone: 717-264-4141, Ext. 3178

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. – Dr. Barbara K. Mistick will be inaugurated as the 19th president of Wilson College during a ceremony to be held at 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 1, on the college’s main green. The public is welcome to attend the inauguration, which will be held in Thomson Hall’s Alumnae Chapel in case of rain.

The inauguration ceremony highlights an entire weekend of events celebrating Mistick’s formal installation as Wilson’s new president. Officials from approximately 35 other colleges and universities will represent their institutions at the event. Representatives of educational organizations, including the Women’s College Coalition and the Association of Independent Colleges and Universities, will attend, as will officials from the Presbyterian Church (with which Wilson is affiliated), including representatives of the Presbytery of Carlisle and the Association of Presbyterian Colleges and Universities.

State Sen. Richard Alloway, the Franklin County Commissioners and Chambersburg Mayor Peter Lagiovane are also expected to attend.

The four, most recent Wilson College presidents — Donald F. Bletz, Mary-Linda Merriam Armacost, Gwendolyn Jensen and Lorna Edmundson — will participate in the inaugural ceremonies, as will members of the college Board of Trustees. Alumnae representing classes from 1929 through 2015 will process as part of the “Blue and Silver Line” of Wilson graduates.

Dr. JoAnne Boyle, president of Seton Hill University in Greensburg, will provide remarks and Mistick will deliver the inaugural address. Boyle is the ninth president of Seton Hill University, a post she has held since 1987. Boyle and Mistick worked together when Mistick was director of Seton Hill’s National Education Center for Women in Business from 1995 to 2003.

Mistick was unanimously appointed by college trustees in March, replacing former president Lorna Edmundson, who retired after serving 10 years. Former head of the Carnegie Library System in Pittsburgh, Mistick officially assumed the Wilson presidency on July 1.

Some of the events that are open to the public during Wilson’s inaugural weekend include:

  • A presentation by Armacost, who will speak on “Pakistan Today” at 2 p.m. Friday, Sept. 30, in the Brooks Complex auditorium. Armacost and her husband have lived in Pakistan for a number of years.
  • A presentation by Amy Ensley, director of Wilson’s Hankey Center, called “A History of the Education of Women,” also in the Brooks auditorium.
  • Campus presentations, demonstrations and performances from 8:30 to 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 1.

For a complete list of inaugural activities, visit and click on “Inauguration Information.”

For more information, contact the Wilson Department of Communications at 717-264-4141, Ext. 3178; 717-262-2607 or


Founded in 1869, Wilson College is a liberal arts college dedicated to the education of women. Affiliated with the Presbyterian Church and located in Chambersburg, Pa. Wilson offers bachelor’s degrees in 30 areas and master’s degrees in education and the humanities. The college’s 2011-12 enrollment in the College for Women and the Adult Degree Programs is 746 and includes 21 students from 10 foreign countries.

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Last Updated: September 27, 2011