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Muskingum University installs Dr. Susan S. Hasseler as its 21st President

President Susan S. HasselerMuskingum University’s campus community, trustees, alumni and distinguished guests gathered to formally install Dr. Susan S. Hasseler as the University’s 21st president. In her address, Dr. Hasseler emphasized the University’s long-standing history of community engagement, service and exploration, and shared a vision of the future focused on expanded investments in student success and creating new opportunities and experiences for students.

“It takes the whole community to educate the whole person for the whole world. This Muskingum University community, as it has done throughout its history, takes to heart that promise to our students,” Dr. Hasseler said. “As we honor our University’s past and we look forward to its dynamic future, we keep envisioning the ways in which the student experience will continue to evolve, just as the world will continue to evolve.”

Dr. Hasseler highlighted an expansion of the University’s presence and partnerships in the region and beyond, seeking new opportunities for Muskingum students, faculty, and staff to learn with and from the communities that surround it. She also committed to a continual focus on relevance and responsiveness, honing the University’s culture of entrepreneurial thinking and innovative educational programs that prepare students for an ever-changing future.

“We will encourage our students to have the courage to take risks, to address challenges, to grapple with complex problems and ideas, to embrace ambiguity, to persist in the face of disappointment, to seek justice and to soar,” Dr. Hasseler said. “And we will teach them that they will find their purpose by engaging with and serving others.”

The inaugural convocation was part of a week of activities showcasing the talents and achievements of students throughout campus and engaging the University’s surrounding communities. The events included the inaugural lecture in The John Glenn Distinguished Lecture Series in Earth and Planetary Sciences, featuring guest speaker Dr. Scott E. Parazynski, an astronaut and former crewmate of the late Senator John Glenn.

“Each of us in this room has been called to Muskingum,” Dr. Hasseler said. “We have been called to build on our strong foundation, to sustain our community, to lead and to serve with courage, and to continue to help our students discover their own deep gladness and the world’s deep hunger, so that they may create their own profound impact on the world.”

For more information about Dr. Hasseler, visit Office of the President.