Daily staff report
A top official at Shenandoah University will take over as president of his alma mater in Pennsylvania in July.
Bryon L. Grigsby, senior vice president and vice president for academic affairs at SU, has been named the 16th president of Moravian College and Moravian Theological Seminary in Bethlehem, according to a press release issued Thursday. Grigsby, a 1990 graduate of Moravian College, takes over July 1, 2013 to replace President Christopher M. Thomforde who leaves after seven years leading the college and seminary.
Grigsby will remain in his role at SU through the remainder of the academic year. The university will begin a nationwide search for his successor in January.
Grigsby joined SU on July 1, 2008, succeeding Tracy Fitzsimmon when she became president of the university.
Grigsby served as chief academic officer for the institution, responsible for the administration of, and serving as an advocate for academic programs to the president and board of trustees. Grigsby also implemented the campus-wide strategic plan. Under Grigsby the university became the first environmentally friendly laptop campus in 2009 by distributing MacBook Pros, iPod Touches and iPads to all incoming students. Grigsby also shepherded the university's Going Global: First-Year Seminar Program that provides a starting point for undergraduate students to transition to the university experience and become global citizens.