RIPON - Ripon College has named its next president.
The college introduced Zach P. Messitte Monday. Messitte replaces David C. Joyce, who left in 2011.
"The College is at a pivotal point in its long history, and we believe Dr. Messitte is the right choice to lead us forward," Ripon Board of Trustees Chair Bob Kirkland said in a news release. "He has established himself as a hands-on leader, a skilled communicator, a savvy educator and more - talents that will serve the College well as we work to reinforce our status as a premier national institution."
Messitte is currently the dean of the College of International Studies at the University of Oklahoma, where he also serves as vice provost for international programs. He is the author of numerous articles and the co-editor of the forthcoming book, "Understanding the Global Community," that will be published by the University of Oklahoma Press later this year. He hosts a radio show, "World Views," on National Public Radio and has been in the classroom every semester teaching classes on American foreign policy. Prior to his tenure in Oklahoma, Dr. Messitte served as the first director of the Center for the Study of Democracy and held a tenure-track position in the political science department at the St. Mary's College of Maryland. St. Mary's College students awarded him both the Faculty Service Award and the Faculty-Student Life Award.
Messitte was born in Sao Paulo, Brazil and grew up in Chevy Chase, Md. He holds a bachelor's degree in American history and Italian language from Bowdoin College in Maine, a master's degree in international relations from Johns Hopkins University and a Ph.D. in politics from the New York University. His professional career includes stints with the U.S. Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, the United Nations, and as a researcher and producer with CNN, where he worked for Senior Washington Correspondent Judy Woodruff.
Messitte's wife, Julia, is a lawyer with the University of Oklahoma's Office of Legal Counsel. She holds her undergraduate degree from Vanderbilt University in history, a master's degree in international relations from Johns Hopkins and a J.D. from American University. They have two children, Sam, 10, and Jules, 7.
Messitte is scheduled to begin his duties at Ripon on July 1. He will be the 13th president in school history.
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