Thomas R. Rochon is packing his bags and heading east to become the new president of Ithaca College.
Rochon, executive vice president and chief academic officer for the University of St. Thomas, will become the eight president in the 116-year history of New York institution when he succeeds Peggy Williams, who is retiring. He begins his new duties July 1.
"Tom brings to Ithaca College exceptional academic and administrative leadership credentials," said Bill Schwab, chairman of the Ithaca College Board of Trustees. "His background in directing and developing large and complex institutions, in the classroom, and as a scholar will serve the college well."
At the University of St. Thomas, Rochon has been responsible for providing academic leadership in policy, curriculum development, and administration of the institution's undergraduate and graduate programs, including seven colleges and schools; management of the overall academic budget; and establishment and maintenance of collaborative relationships with university administrators, deans, faculty, staff and students as well as with external constituents.