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May 23, 2007 - The Aquinas College Board of Trustees today announced that C. Edward Balog, Ph.D. has been appointed as the College's sixth president. Dr. Balog has served as interim president of Aquinas since July 1, 2006. He was elected unanimously at the Board of Trustees meeting on Tuesday, May 22, 2007 and will assume this role effective July 1, 2007.

An outstanding academic leader with a proven track record of success, Dr. Balog served as provost and dean of faculty at Aquinas College for seven years prior to assuming the role of interim president. His responsibilities have included curriculum enhancement, institutional planning, enrollment management and oversight of academic resource including the school’s library and information technology.

"After an extensive nationwide search to find the best candidate to lead Aquinas into the future, it became clear to everyone involved that that person was right in front of us. We are delighted to announce Dr. Balog as the next president of Aquinas College," said Patrick Miles, Jr. chairman of the Aquinas College Board of Trustees. "Dr. Balog has risen to the occasion while serving as interim president, impressing us with his passion, vision and leadership while earning the confidence of the entire board, staff and faculty."

With more than a decade of experience in Catholic higher education, Dr. Balog has expressed a deep appreciation for Aquinas' commitment to Catholic liberal arts education.

"There is much to be admired in the Catholic intellectual tradition and the Dominican values of study, community, and service. Aquinas College embodies these principles and is an outstanding example of the qualities of Catholic higher education," said Dr. Balog. "I am deeply gratified and humbled by the board's confidence in my ability to assume this role and the responsibilities that come with it. I look forward to continuing my work with the school's community of leaders, scholars and students."

Dr. Balog has a distinguished career in higher education. Prior to his arrival at Aquinas, he served as vice president for Academic Affairs, dean of Faculty and professor of History at Marian College in Indianapolis. In addition, he has served in a variety of positions with Lindenwood University, from professor of History to Dean of Social Sciences and chief assessment officer. He is a graduate of West Virginia University, where he earned B.A. and M.A. degrees in History. He holds a doctoral degree in History from the University of Illinois.

Dr. Balog's tenure as interim president began following the retirement of Dr. Harry J. Knopke. The nationwide search for Aquinas' sixth president began last summer when a search committee, which included representatives from the college's Board of Trustees, alumni, faculty and staff, retained the services of R.H. Perry and Associates, a national search counsel firm for higher education, to assist in the search process. The committee solicited nominations, closely reviewed the credentials of the candidates, and conducted extensive interviews.