UPDATE: Elizabethtown College’s first female president resigns, transitional president named


LANCASTER COUNTY, Pa. (WHTM) — Elizabethtown College has entered 2022 without a president after Cecilia M. McCormick’s resignation, effective Dec. 31, 2021. McCormick said the increased time requirement due to the COVID-19 pandemic and her desire to focus on personal and family life led to her resignation.

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McCormick served for two and a half years as president. She was the first female president of the college.

“While I am deeply honored and grateful to serve the Elizabethtown College community as its president, I have made the difficult decision to step down,” McCormick said. “I am proud of the work we have done to keep our college community safe during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.”

On Tuesday, Jan. 18, the Board of Trustees announced a transitional president of the institution. Betty Rider, who most recently served as the college’s provost and senior vice president of academic affairs, will take over the responsibilities and duties through the end of the 2022-2023 academic year.

“I look forward to leading Elizabethtown College as its president through this unique transitional period,” Rider said. “I am excited to work closely with the senior leadership team, the board, the faculty, student, and staff to continue to elevate the mission of the college and its academic excellence.”

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