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University of Redlands names new president

June 2, 2012 |  1:15 pm

The next president of the University of Redlands will be Ralph W. Kuncl, a neurology professor who has been the provost and executive vice president at the University of Rochester, school officials announced Saturday.

Kuncl is expected in mid-August to succeed James R. Appleton, who has served as president of the University of Redlands for more than 20 years over two non-consecutive terms.

The private university, which enrolls 4,700 students, offers undergraduate and graduate programs at its main Inland Empire campus in Redlands and satellite facilities throughout Southern California.

Kuncl, 63, grew up in Los Angeles and earned his bachelor’s degree at Occidental College and his doctorate and medical degrees at the University of Chicago. He was a professor of neurology and pathology at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and became an expert in researching the disorder known as Lou Gehrig’s disease. He served as provost at Bryn Mawr College in Pennsylvania and has been provost at the University of Rochester since 2007. Kuncl also is a choral singer, an interest that fits well with the University of Redlands’ noted music programs.

In a statement released Saturday, Carole Beswick, the campus trustee who chaired the search committee, described Kuncl as “a high-energy person and a very effective, principled leader.”

--Larry Gordon

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