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Caldwell University names first male lay president

Posted: 2:01 PM, Feb 11, 2020
Updated: 2020-02-11 14:01:05-05
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A Catholic university founded by nuns in New Jersey more than 80 years ago says its next leader will be the school's first male lay president.

Caldwell University announced Tuesday that Matthew Whelan will become the school's president on July 1.

He currently serves as a vice president at Stony Brook University in Long Island, New York. A New Jersey native, Whelan will succeed Nancy Blattner, who became Caldwell's first-ever lay president in 2009.

Blattner is leaving her post to become president of Fontbonne University in Missouri, another Catholic institution.

Caldwell was founded in 1939 by the Sisters of Saint Dominic as a women’s college.