College celebrates 15th President, new beginnings

At Gettysburg College, we honor tradition yet push ambitiously into the future. Together, we embrace change that sparks progress—on our campus, across our nation, and throughout our world.

On February 8, the College community celebrated its new beginnings by welcoming President-elect Bob Iuliano and his family with two campus receptions in the College Union Building (CUB) Ballroom.

President-Elect Iuliano at podium

“As Gettysburg looks to its future, it does so with an unwavering commitment to the importance of a residential liberal arts education,” said Iuliano at the opening reception before a crowd of Trustees, Presidential Search Committee members, faculty, administrators, and staff. “That commitment shines through all that the College does and is deeply grounded in its founding principles. I see it in the stories I’ve read about this place and its students. I see it in the impact Gettysburg graduates have in this world. Stories I know have been building for generations. Stories that I am excited—and proud—to continue and be a part of.”

In addition to Iuliano’s address, David Brennan ’75, P’00, chair of the Board of Trustees, offered welcoming remarks; Charlie Scott ’77, P’09, P’12, chair of the Presidential Search Committee, reflected on the College’s national search; and President Janet Morgan Riggs ’77 shared a celebratory toast with the College’s 15th President.

Pres. Iuliano and Pres. Riggs share a toast

“I cannot tell you how honored I am to pass the Gettysburg College torch to you in July. I know you’re going to take very good care of it,” said Riggs to Iuliano on stage. “I want to extend you, Bob, and Susan, and the Iuliano family a very warm welcome into our community. It is a wonderful community to be a part of and we are so pleased to have you as members of it.”

Later in the evening, hundreds of Gettysburg College students gathered in the Ballroom for their own special reception with the new president.

Following opening remarks by Lauren Wise Bright ’90, a member of the College’s Board of Trustees, Presidential Search Committee, and President of the Alumni Board of Directors, Sarah Tokar ’19—the student representative on the Search Committee—offered Iuliano a gift of a Gettysburg sweatshirt, which he promptly put on among roaring applause.

“At the end of the day, this institution’s defining strength is its people,” Iuliano concluded. “Let us promise to work together, to support one another, to teach one another, to learn from one another, and to do so in the spirit of generosity and openness.”

Pres. Iuliano with students

To learn more about President-elect Bob Iuliano, visit For more information about the Presidential Search Process, visit

By Mike Baker
Photos by Shawna Sherrell and Khun Minn Ohn '19
Posted: 02/11/19