On Nov. 20, Jim Troha, was announced as the 12th President of Juniata College. Currently, Troha is the Vice President of Development at Heidelberg University in Ohio. He will take the position on June 1, 2012 from Thomas Kepple, who is retiring after 15 years of service. Students shared their thoughts about this announcement and express their wishes for Troha’s future regime.
Chandler Steffen ‘16, Lewisberry, Pa.:
I would really like to see the new president keep the community vibe here at Juniata. Also, we need to maintain our prestigious reputation in and out of the classroom.
Jonah Ruggiero ’16, Bangor, Pa.:
As a current freshman, my next three years here will be with Jim Troha. His background in fundraising has me excited, as we definitely could improve our financial stability. I just hope he doesn’t make any sudden changes without first consulting the students.
Andy Blunk ’14, State College, Pa.:
It’s definitely important having a background in fundraising, especially as Juniata doesn’t get state funding. Also, I heard he was the interim President at his old school, so that experience at a similar school should be valuable.
Justin Wright ’14, Montclair, N.J.:
I’m really excited about the change in presidents. Not because I thought Kepple did a bad job, because I thought he actually did very well. I think, though, it would be nice to see [Troha] out in the Juniata community more and develop relationships with students.
-Seth Ruggiero ’14 Juniata Online Journalist