February 24 2017
Dr. Charles “Chuck” Lindsay has been chosen as the fifteenth president of Elmira College. Lindsay, who assumes his role on July 1, will succeed Dr. Norman Smith, who has served as acting interim president for the past two years.
Lindsay, who currently serves as Elmira College Provost, was unanimously recommended to the Board of Trustees by the faculty leadership.
“We were particularly gratified that someone of Dr. Lindsay’s talent existed within the College so that all the progress being made in the past two years can continue without disruption,” noted Robert Morris, chairman of the College’s board of trustees. “Dr. Lindsay and President Smith have overseen more improvements at the College in the past year or so than had been realized in the prior five or six years, especially in areas of finance and enrollment along with the College’s first full-compliance accreditation in two decades. Dr. Lindsay’s succession will ensure we continue on the successful track we are now on.”
Professor Chris Terry, speaking on behalf of the Faculty Executive Committee, stated “Since joining Elmira College in 2012, Dr. Lindsay has been an enthusiastic and collaborative leader, earning the respect and trust of the faculty. Through his dedication to academic programs and the College’s broader mission, Dr. Lindsay is uniquely positioned to provide strong and stable leadership that will advance the institution, while maintaining the College’s rich historical legacy.”
“In the past two years that I have worked with Dr. Lindsay, he has impressed me in every way as being perfectly suited to take over the presidency upon my departure,” said Smith, interim president. “Part of my job at Elmira was to help assemble a leadership team that could take the College into a flourishing future and Dr. Lindsay couldn’t be better suited for that undertaking.”
Lindsay came to Elmira College in 2012 from Bryn Athyn College in suburban Philadelphia where he served as Dean of the College and continues as a trustee and chair of the College’s Board Finance Committee. He is a graduate of Lafayette College and Lehigh University and earned his Ph.D. at the University of Pennsylvania where he also did post-graduate work in Finance & Accounting in the Wharton School of Business. Lindsay’s background also includes assessment and accreditation, including as a Middle States Commission on Higher Education evaluator.
Lindsay and his wife Janna, who volunteers at Hendy Elementary School and Arnot-Ogden Medical Center, have three grown daughters. They currently reside in Horseheads and will transition to Grandt House, the College’s presidential residence on Euclid Avenue, in the coming months.
“I’m honored to have been selected and am excited about the College’s future. Our recent elevation to a national top tier status, along with the College’s long standing position as a Phi Beta Kappa institution, well positions Elmira for continued success and I will very much enjoy helping make that happen in the coming years,” said Lindsay.