Goucher narrows field in search for president

Journalist, administrator are final candidates to lead Towson college

`Wonderful pool of candidates'

March 03, 2001|By Michael Hill | Michael Hill,SUN STAFF

The next president of Goucher College will be either a veteran journalist and educator who is director of the Voice of America, or a lifelong college administrator who is now dean of admissions at Davidson College in North Carolina.

Students, faculty and staff at the school learned yesterday that the search has narrowed to Sanford J. Ungar, who has headed the government-backed overseas radio service for two years, and Nancy J. Cable, who has spent her career in higher education at liberal arts colleges.

The two finalists will each spend two days on Goucher's Towson campus next week, meeting with a wide variety of groups. The board of trustees plans to make its choice March 17. The new president will take office July 1.

"I think it's a wonderful opportunity," said Ungar, 55, from his office in Washington. "I believe that the liberal arts college is one of the most important institutions, not just in higher education, but in all of American society."

Reached in North Carolina, Cable said she looked forward to visiting Goucher next week.

"I am excited about the opportunity to learn more about the college, but at this point I don't want to make any further comment," she said.

The new president will replace Judy Jolley Mohraz, who earned high marks during her six years in the job. Mohraz, who followed the 22-year tenure of Rhoda M. Dorsey, left in July.

Ungar would in some ways be an unusual choice because he does not hold a doctorate and has not followed a traditional academic path. The author of six books, Ungar is perhaps best known as co-host of National Public Radio's "All Things Considered" from 1980-82.

He spent 13 years - from 1986 to 1999 - as dean of the school of communication at American University in Washington. A graduate of Harvard University, with a master's degree in history from the London School of Economics, Ungar has written for the Washington Post, Atlantic Monthly and the Economist, and has served as managing editor of Foreign Policy magazine.

"I am very flattered and privileged that Goucher is considering me," he said. "It's a wonderful place, and I think it has an extraordinary opportunity not only to be the fine residential college that it already is, but also to be a real player on the international scene."

Cable graduated from Marietta College in Ohio in 1975 and earned a master's degree in student personnel services from University of Vermont. She held a variety of positions at Ohio's Denison College while working on her doctorate in education history at University of Virginia.

From 1987 to 1992, Cable was dean of students at Guilford College in North Carolina. She has been at Davidson since then.

Marilyn S. Warshawsky, chairwoman of Goucher's board of trustees, said the committee considered more than 70 candidates and interviewed 15. "It was a wonderful, diverse pool of candidates," she said. "We were very pleased with them, and we've done very well to find these finalists."

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