Welcome Dr. Christopher Maples, Interim President!
August 06, 2019
We're delighted to welcome Dr. Christopher Maples as Interim President beginning August 12, 2019. The Board of Governors made the announcement of his appointment today. Maples comes to PNCA from Missouri University of Science and Technology (Missouri S&T) where he served as Interim Chancellor for two years. Previously, Maples spent eight years as President of Oregon Institute of Technology, during which time he formed deep ties to the Oregon community.
PNCA Board Chair Scott D. Musch said in a statement, “We are pleased to welcome Dr. Maples to lead the college during this transitional phase. He offers a balanced approach to best business practices in higher education, alongside a foundational expertise in fundraising and enrollment strategies. Chris has the right set of experiences that will serve to support PNCA's current momentum and trajectory forward as we look for our new president.”
Great thanks are due as well to Kate Copeland, Vice President and Dean of Academic Affairs, who has been serving as Acting President. Thanks Kate!
“I am very pleased to be selected as the interim president for PNCA during the coming year. My overarching goals are to reinforce and advance the priorities of PNCA to establish a solid foundation for the next president, and to build upon PNCA’s ongoing momentum and success in enrollment and fundraising, while also assuring a dynamic, personalized student experience,” Maples says.
Maples holds a Ph.D. and an M.S. in Geology from Indiana University, Bloomington and a B.S. in Geology from State University of West Georgia in Carrollton, Georgia.
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