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SU Welcomes President Carolyn Ringer Lepre

SU Welcomes President Carolyn Ringer Lepre

SU President Carolyn Ringer LepreSALISBURY, MD---The University System of Maryland (USM) Board of Regents appointed Dr. Carolyn “Lyn” Ringer Lepre as the 10th president of Salisbury University. She began her tenure as SU president on Friday, July 15.

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Dr. Lepre, whose academic background is mass communications and journalism, had served as interim president at Radford University since 2021.

Prior to her role as interim president, Dr. Lepre was provost and vice president for academic affairs at Radford. As provost, she collaborated with the academic leadership team and the student-centered faculty and staff to advance critical initiatives designed to foster the delivery of high-quality academic programs and experiences and support the Radford strategic plan. These endeavors included the launch of the campus Academic Success Center; a distinctive new general education curriculum, which empowers students to be in control of their coursework from day one and provides an individualized path to degree completion; the establishment of a stand-alone School of Nursing; the creation of a partnership with the Appalachian School of Law that created dual-degree programs; and the development of three online Fast-Track degree programs (RN-to-BSN, MBA, and MSN).

A proven administrator, full professor and respected scholar, Dr. Lepre joined Radford University following a highly successful tenure at Marist College, in Poughkeepsie, N.Y. While at Marist, among other administrative appointments, she served as dean of the School of Communication and the Arts and as the director of the college-wide Honors Program. Prior to her years at Marist College, President Lepre was a faculty member at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, and California State University, Chico. She also has extensive professional experience in the communication industry, having worked for various national publications and media outlets. 

“We are extremely pleased to draw a leader and scholar of Dr. Lepre’s caliber to Salisbury University,” said Board of Regents Chair Linda Gooden. “I can think of no one more qualified to ... continue SU’s profound impact on the region and state. I greatly appreciate the work and commitment of the SU presidential search committee, chaired by Regent Robert Rauch, for finding such a fine leader among many highly regarded candidates.”

“I am thrilled to join such a prestigious, student-centered and forward-thinking university,” said Dr. Lepre. “Salisbury University’s commitment to student success, academic excellence, and focus on inclusivity and belonging aligns with my personal and professional values.  I especially look forward to working in partnership with and celebrating our most important resource – our purpose-driven people. Empowering students to excel as scholars, citizens and practitioners and instilling a passion for lifelong learning is an incredible responsibility and privilege. I am deeply honored to serve as the next President of Salisbury University, and I look forward to becoming a part of the Sea Gull Nation.”

“I’m delighted to welcome Dr. Lepre to Salisbury University and to the University System family,” said USM Chancellor Jay A. Perman. “She comes with such a strong track record in expanding academic programs and tailoring them to meet urgent needs; growing enrollment, together with the resources it requires; nurturing learner success; and creating individualized pathways to achievement. Dr. Lepre is committed to the mission of SU—a proudly student-centered university.”

Dr. Lepre’s research has focused on media representation of gender and diversity, health communication and mass communication education, and has published more than 40 book chapters, refereed journal and conference articles. In addition, she is the co-author of U.S. Media and Diversity (Wiley-Blackwell) now in its second edition, with a third edition in progress. She has also worked for various national publications and media outlets.

Dr. Lepre attended Miami University where she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and journalism. She received her Master of Science in Journalism degree from Ohio University and her Ph.D. in mass communication from the University of Florida.

Salisbury University is a premier comprehensive Maryland public university offering excellent, affordable education in undergraduate liberal arts, sciences, business, nursing, health sciences, social work, and education, and applied master’s and doctoral programs. The university strives to empower its students with the knowledge, skills, and core values that contribute to active citizenship, gainful employment, and life-long learning in a democratic society and interdependent world. The vision of SU’s “Make Tomorrow Yours” brand can be experienced in video and in written content featured here.

In college guidebooks and surveys, SU remains highly ranked for the value it provides students and families, its academic offerings, and its “green” campus. National publications have lauded the university. U.S. News & World Report has named SU to its lists of “Top Public Schools” and “Best Value Schools.” Princeton Review has named SU to its lists for “Best Colleges,” “Green Colleges,” and “Best College Libraries.” Kiplinger’s Personal Finance has listed SU among its “Best Public College Values,” and Money has named the university to its “America’s Best Colleges” list. The Chronicle of Higher Education and U.S. Department of State recently highlighted Salisbury University among the nation’s top producers of Fulbright students and scholars in the nation.

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