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Hilbert College selects its first male president

Hilbert College

Hilbert College in Hamburg has announced it has a new president. Michael Brophy will be the first male president in the 61-year history of Hilbert. Brophy will start his tenure as the private school's fourth president on Jan. 15.

“Dr. Brophy is an excellent fit for Hilbert College," said Peg Adams, chair of Hilbert's Board of Trustees.  "His extensive, relevant experience and commitment to the liberal arts in a Catholic setting make him an ideal president.

Adams said the Brophy was chosen from "three very strong finalists" and that the board's decision was unanimous. 

He comes to Hilbert after resigning the presidency at Benedictine University in Lisle, IL. He also served as president of Marymount California University in Los Angeles from 2006 to 2015.

Brophy succeeds Cynthia Zane, who retired in September after 12 years in the post. The college said Interim President Rev. Michael Sajda will work closely on a transition plan over the next few months, then return to the role of Board of Trustees Chair when Brophy begins in January.

Mark Wozniak, WBFO's local All Things Considered host, has been at WBFO since mid-1978.