Dear Juniata Alumni,
It is with sincere appreciation, enthusiasm, and humility that I write to you today, May 21, 2013, my first official day "in the office" as your 12th president. I am truly honored to serve this campus community and am very much looking forward to working with the broader Juniata alumni family.
Since my appointment last November as your next president, I have come to recognize and appreciate even more so the one attribute that attracted me to Juniata in the first place: passion. The students display it, the faculty and staff live it, and the alumni that I have met recently express it proudly and often. It is this passion that will sustain this great college for generations to come and continue to distinguish Juniata from its peers.
As I transition to the presidency this summer, I want to publicly acknowledge President Tom Kepple for his extraordinary leadership these past 15 years. President Kepple has transformed Juniata in so many distinct and important ways that have catapulted Juniata to a more prominent national and international presence. We now owe it to him to sustain this momentum and pursue even greater goals.
On a more personal note, I want to thank Tom and his wife, Pat, for their gracious and warm welcome to our family as we make our move from Ohio to Pennsylvania. Tom and Pat are outstanding ambassadors for Juniata College and I am delighted that they have chosen to retire near Huntingdon and continue their support of this great community.
I look forward to working with all of you as the next era of Juniata history commences. And while change is inevitable during times of transition, a student recently implored me to allow Juniata to change me rather than change it. I could not agree more.
James A. Troha, Ph.D.
The president's office is located on the 3rd floor of Founders Hall.
1700 Moore Street
Huntingdon, PA 16652-2196
President's Office Phone: 814-641-3101