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Mount St. Joseph Names Interim President

Mount St. Joseph University

Mount St. Joseph University is naming Joel Thierstein interim president, effective immediately. He takes over for Tony Aretz who announced his resignation earlier this year.

Thierstein served most recently as executive vice president and provost at the Mount. Prior to that position, he was provost and vice president for academic affairs at Kentucky State University, and the associate provost at Rice University.

He also served as the senior advisor and counsel to the undersecretary at the United States Department of Education in Washington, D.C. in 2011.

Thierstein has a law degree and a Ph.D. from Syracuse University.

In a statement, chairman of the Board of Trustees Ken Stecher says, "Our community has already experienced the positive impact of Dr. Thierstein’s higher education and leadership experience during this past academic year. The year ahead will be one of progress, not maintenance.”

“I look forward to serving the Mount as interim president, continuing the forward momentum as we approach our centennial anniversary,” said Thierstein in the same statement.

The university is conducting a national search for its next president.