The Ancilla College Board of Trustees met Monday and elected new officers. Board Chairman John Chandler and Vice Chairman Larry Faulstich are both stepping down after serving a decade in different leadership roles. Sr. Annemarie Kampwerth is also stepping down from her role on the board to serve a six-year term as Vicaress on the General Leadership in Germany for the Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ (PHJC), the order that founded and sponsors the college.
Francis Ellert of Culver was elected as Chairman of the board. Suzanne Light of Warsaw was elected as Secretary and Charles Weaver of Knox was elected as Vice-Chairman of the board. Srs. Nora Hahn and Marlene Ann Lama, PHJC, were elected to serve three-year terms on the board while Sr. Margaret Ann Henss, PHJC, was re-elected to a second three-year term.
College President Ron May announced his retirement, which becomes effective in June 2014. May, who became president in 2006, was asked to extend his contract for an additional year last year.
“It has been my very great honor to have served as President of Ancilla College since 2006. Much has been accomplished during these past few years. Much remains to be done as we continue to take steps to improve the programs and services offered to students of Ancilla College and to the community at large,” May said following the meeting.
“I am deeply grateful to the Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ, the Board of Trustees and to the faculty and staff of the college for entrusting me with this leadership role,” President May said.
Ancilla faculty member Sr. Dr. Judith Diltz, PHJC, will step down as a full-time associate professor in Humanities to serve her new role as Provincial of the American Province of the Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ. Retiring this year are Dr. John Fogl after 16 years with the college, Mrs. Jane Yochum after 11 years of service and Gordon Ligocki after several years as an adjunct and full-time instructor.
The trustees also approved a budget, calendar and changes to college policies for 2014, and heard reports outlining improvements in enrollment, fundraising and campus activities.
Ancilla College, located just outside of Plymouth, was founded in 1937 by the PHJC and is Indiana’s only private, Associate’s Degree, liberal arts junior college.