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Sept. 28, 2012
CONTACT: K. E. Schwab

SRU inaugurates 16th president

In ceremonies staged on the academic quad, Slippery Rock University today installed Cheryl Norton as its 16th president.

The formal ceremony saw Norton invested by Guido Pichini, chair of the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education board of governors, and Peter Garland, executive vice chancellor for the state system. Also participating in the ceremony was Eric Holmes, chair of the SRU Council of Trustees, David Wolfe, president of the SRU Student Government Association and representatives of faculty and staff unions, the SRU Foundation Inc., and the SRU Alumni Association, among others. Wilma Cavill, SRU’s longest serving faculty member, served as grand marshal, opening and closing the ceremony.

In her inauguration address, Norton thanked those involved in her selection, saying, “For this, please accept my sincere expression of appreciation and gratitude to each of you who have helped to not only write the history of his institution, but will now be part of its future. And, what a future we have. I continue to believe that this is an institution with a tradition of excellence and a future of unlimited potential”

She said, “Slippery Rock University is a public institution working for the good of the public. These are values I embrace and this commitment is why I am humbled to be here as your 16th president. Your time and effort collectively given to bring Slippery Rock University to the position of preeminence that it holds today is a reflection of your belief in this institution and willingness to serve its mission. Thank you.”

“I believe in Slippery Rock University’s energy, its wisdom, its creativity and its focus. But most importantly, I believe that its desire to support student success is demonstrated by our collective commitment,” she said.

Nearly 400 faculty, staff and SRU students participated in a procession from the upper portion of campus to the inauguration site to open the event.

Prior to joining SRU, Norton was a senior fellow with the American Association of State Colleges and Universities in Washington, D.C., and former president of Southern Connecticut State University.

Norton graduated from Denison University with a bachelor’s degree in physical education and recreation. She holds three degrees from Teachers College, Columbia University – a master of arts in applied physiology and both a master of education and a doctor of education in applied physiology.

Slippery Rock University is Pennsylvania's premier public residential university. Slippery Rock University provides students with a comprehensive learning experience that intentionally combines academic instruction with enhanced educational and learning opportunities that make a positive difference in their lives.