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Elizabethtown College President to Receive Honorary Degree

(Posted November 1, 2010)

Juniata President Tom Kepple, left, poses with Elizabethtown President Theodore Long after the presentation of Long's honorary degree from Juniata College.

HUNTINGDON, Pa. -- Theodore Long, president of Elizabethtown College and a sociologist, will lecture at Juniata College on "Educating for Global Citizenship" at 7:30 p.m., Monday, Nov. 8, in Neff Lecture Hall in the von Liebig Center for Science in the Juniata campus.

Before the start of the lecture, Long will receive an honorary doctor of humane letters degree from Juniata. The presentation will be made by Thomas R. Kepple, president of Juniata College. The lecture is free and open to the public.

Long will retire from the Elizabethtown presidency in July 2011, after a 15-year career that started in 1996.

Under his administration, the college created 11 new academic programs, including the Elizabethtown Honors Program, as well as the college's first master's degree program in occupational therapy.

He also led the college's campaign to raise its endowment, raising $26.1 million in its first capital campaign. More recently, Long led the college's current capital campaign, raising $47 million, which exceeded the original goal of $35 million.

Long also instituted a four-part educational program that ensures every Elizabethtown student is in a relationship-centered learning community, receives and international and cross-cultural perspective, receives experiential learning as well as classroom experiences, and is prepared for purposeful lives and meaningful work.

Before coming to Elizabethtown in 1996, Long was provost and vice president for academic affairs at Merrimack College in North Andover, Mass. Before becoming an administrator, he worked as a professor of sociology at George Washington, University in Washington, D.C., Hollins University in Roanoke, Va., and Washington and Jefferson College in Washington, Pa.

Long also served as chair of the board of the Association of Independent Colleges and Universities in Pennsylvania and chaired the boards of Pennsylvania Campus Compact and Brethren Colleges Abroad.

He also remains active in his community, serving on the boards of The Fulton Theatre, the Lancaster Chamber of Commerce, the Foundation to Enhance Communities in Harrisburg and the Economic Development Company of Lancaster County.

Long also is a trustee of Capital University in Columbus, Ohio and has remained active in the Council of Independent Colleges and the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities.

He earned a bachelor's degree in sociology in 1965 from Capital University and went on to earn a master's degree in sociology from Duke University. He earned a doctoral degree in sociology from the University of Virginia.

Contact John Wall at wallj@juniata.edu or (814) 641-3132 for more information.