BEAVER FALLS –– Geneva College President Kenneth A. Smith is resigning, effective June 30, the college announced Tuesday.
“We’re going to miss him here, obviously,” college spokeswoman Cheryl Johston said.
Smith has been president of the Beaver Falls-based college for 11 years.
He’s leaving to become dean of the McLane College of Business at the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor in Belton, Texas, Johnston said.
William Edgar will serve as interim president until a replacement is named. Edgar is past chairman of the college’s board of trustees.
What this article does not say is that Smith was no friend of the liberal arts at Geneva. The liberal arts and humanities suffered greatly under Smith’s leadership. Perhaps a new president will restore the over-150 year-old Christian liberal arts tradition of this western Pennsylvania college.
By the way, I think it is fair to say that the problems with the liberal arts at Geneva was the subtext of Eric Miller’s recent piece in the Harrisburg Patriot-News. Read our coverage of that piece here.