Board of Visitors and Governors Welcomes New Chair

79372_Steve_Golding.rev.1536154394By Cassy Sottile

News Editor

Washington College welcomed a new chair of the Board of Visitors and Governors, Steven Golding, a 1972 WC alumnus.

Golding, who is currently senior advisor to the president at Ohio University, was elected to the position of Board Chair after being involved with the Board for years.

“I joined the Board of Visitors and Governors in 2003 as an Alumni Trustee and have been on the Board for 15 years,” Golding said. 

According to Golding, the candidate for Board Chair is nominated by a Board Nominating Committee that reviews all personnel matters and makes a recommendation to the full Board for approval. The committee also annually nominates the College President, one or more Vice Chairs, the College Treasurer, and Board Secretary as officers of the College for one-year terms. 

Golding will be taking over from H. Lawrence Culp, Jr. a WC alumnus from the Class of 1985. According to a WC news release, Culp was recently named General Electric’s new Lead Independent Director. 

“Without doubt, my biggest take-away is a deeper appreciation for the true love and commitment so many across our community have for our College.  We are fortunate so many care so deeply about WC,” Culp said.

Golding is bringing his 25 years of higher education experience with him to the position of Board Chair. He has served at the University of Pennsylvania, University of Colorado System, Cornell University, and Ohio University. He has also served as an advisor to the president of Wells College, and was a Senior Consultant for the Association of Governing Board Institutional Strategies, which provides higher education consulting services to colleges and universities nationally. 

“I believe my previous experiences provides me with a perspective about the current set of opportunities and challenges facing small liberal arts colleges in today’s higher education environment. I hope to leverage this knowledge and experiences to partner with the College’s senior leadership team, faculty, and students, in consultation with the Board, to facilitate the College maximizing on its opportunities and navigating through its current set of challenges,” Golding said. 

Golding said he is most looking forward to promoting more opportunities for students and faculty and staff engagement with the Board.

“I see such interactions as essential to developing an understanding of and appreciation for the College’s unique strengths and current set of challenges. Only by actively engaging in this way, from my perspective, will we find common ground for charting the College’s future,” Golding said.

“I have had the pleasure to work with Steve on numerous issues during my presidency. His significant experience in higher education working with college administrations and faculty, his institutional knowledge of WC, and his work on board committees will prove invaluable as WC forges its path to the future,” President Kurt Landgraf said of Golding In the WC news release.

“While small liberal arts colleges nationally are facing stiff headwinds, I along with my colleagues on the Board of Visitors and Governors are excited by the opportunities we see to enhance the student experience at WC over the course of the next several years. We understand there will be challenges, but the College has some unique strengths which we believe will allow it to thrive in its third century,” Golding said.

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