Andrew College hires new president

Andrew College completed its eight-month national search for its next president Monday, when its board of trustees elected to hire someone familiar with the Chattahoochee Valley.

Linda Buchanan, vice president and dean for student life at Iowa Wesley College, worked in a similar role for LaGrange College when she left for Mount Pleasant, Iowa, in 2010.

Buchanan is scheduled to take office June 15 at Andrew. She will be the 29th president in the institution’s 161-year history and the second female to attain the post. Eudora Moore held the position in 1881, when the school was Andrew Female College. It became a junior college in 1917 and coed in 1956.

Buchanan will succeed David Seyle, who retired last summer after seven years as president of the 303-student private college in Cuthbert. Kirk Treible, a former Andrew executive, has been interim president.

"Dr. Buchanan's credentials fit Andrew College's needs exactly right," George Flowers, chairman of Andrew's board and president of Synovus Trust Company in Columbus, said in a news release. "She has the qualifications we seek in our next president. Her proven leadership record at United Methodist institutions across the nation assures a bright future for Andrew College."

Buchanan, a retired U.S. Navy captain, has nearly 40 years of higher education experience. In addition to leadership positions at Iowa Wesleyan College and LaGrange College, both United Methodist-related institutions, she has served at Midway College, affiliated with the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Kentucky. At Midway, her roles included dean of students, enrollment management coordinator, athletics director, volleyball coach, faculty member and admissions counselor.

"Andrew College has been the shining beacon of culture, upward mobility and realization of human potential in Cuthbert since 1854," Buchanan said in the release. "With the great and exciting responsibility given to me today, I will work tirelessly to make sure we continue transforming first-generation students into global citizens, professionals and servant leaders."

Buchanan earned a bachelor's degree from George Williams College in Downers Grove, Ill., a master's degree from Eastern Kentucky University and a doctorate from Georgia State, according to the release, which didn't mention the areas of study.

Mark Rice, 706-576-6272. Follow him on Twitter@MarkRiceLE.