Aquinas College appoints new president

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — Aquinas College welcomes its new president.

Alicia Cordoba will assume the role at Grand Rapids Catholic College beginning July 1.

“I am sincerely touched and honored to have been chosen by the directors as Aquin’s ninth president,” Córdoba said in a statement. “From the moment I set foot on campus last month, I felt like I was home – and I’m equally confident that we’ll accomplish a lot of great things together.

“I look forward to supporting Provost Stephen Germic and faculty as they redefine a truly distinctive educational experience for our students,” his statement continued. “Working with the broader campus community, we will strengthen our commitments to inclusion and equity, sustainability and service, following the example of the traditions of our Dominican sisters and that of the Catholic social teaching and the Catholic intellectual tradition.”

A Chicago-area native, Córdoba holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in music from the
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a musical doctorate in English horn performance from Julliard. She worked for 19 years at Benedictine University in Lisle, Illinois, and comes to Thomas Aquinas from the Center for Catholic Studies at St. Mary’s University in San Antonio, where she was associate vice president. .

Aquinas said Córdoba was chosen for her skills in program design, strategic planning, financial management and fundraising, among others.

“Alicia is a servant leader who brings decades of higher education leadership experience, proven fundraising success and management, and financial acumen to the higher education business model” , Board Chair Marcie Hillary said in a statement. “Her skill set perfectly matches the criteria we have established for our next president and will be a strong complement to those of our current leadership team.”

Córdoba replaces Kevin Quinn, who announced in December that he left Thomas Aquinas.

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