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Waldorf College Announces New President

Barbara Barrows

The chair of the Waldorf College Board of Trustees announced today that Robert A. Alsop will be the 16th president of Waldorf College. The Rev. Buford Lipscomb made the announcement in the college’s Recital Hall at 3 p.m. Thursday, April 14.

Alsop, currently the interim vice president for academic affairs at Waldorf, received a standing ovation from an enthusiastic crowd of community members and Waldorf students, faculty and staff as he took the podium to discuss his plans and goals as the president of the private, four-year college in Forest City, Iowa.

“This is a very special moment in time,” Alsop said. “Waldorf is poised to take off.”

With its long history as a Lutheran institution of higher education and short history as a for-profit college, “Waldorf is positioned well to do great things.” Alsop also spoke of “a new era, where Waldorf College not only leads, but thrives,” and urged his audience to “tell the Waldorf story widely and with conviction.”

The changing face of American higher education is presenting new challenges as well as new opportunities. “We’re looking forward to a smooth transition at a critical time,” said Robert Mayes, president of Columbia Southern University and CEO of Mayes Education, which owns Waldorf College.

Alsop, who has been with the college for the past 13 years, said his passions for the liberal arts, Lutheran higher education and Waldorf College have led him to this position. He joined Waldorf in 1998 as an assistant professor of English, and in 2000, he was named chair of the English department. He also has served as assistant academic dean of the college, director of Waldorf Honors College, and chair of the Humanities Council at Waldorf. Alsop earned his master’s and doctorate degrees from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale, Ill., where he also held several positions in the Department of English from 1992 to 1998. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Concordia College in Moorhead, Minn.

Waldorf is a unique college where “students have the opportunity to find their true place,” added Alsop. “The student transformations we have all seen here are astonishing.”

Waldorf College, a four-year liberal arts college founded in 1903, delivers engaging experiences through innovative classroom instruction. The college offers residential and online bachelor’s degree programs such as business, communications, music, theater, psychology, physical education, fire science administration and criminal justice administration.