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University of La Verne to inaugurate its new president

October 21, 2011 | 11:02 am

Photo: Students walking on campus at the University of La Verne. Credit: Los Angeles Times
The University of La Verne is formally inaugurating Devorah Lieberman as its new president and the first woman to lead the school in its 120-year history, officials said.

There is another precedent breaker: The school was founded by the Church of the Brethren denomination and maintains some Brethren traditions but no longer has a formal affiliation with the church. Lieberman, who is Jewish, is the first non-Brethren to lead the school.

The ceremony is scheduled for 4 p.m. Friday at the campus athletics pavilion and is open to the campus community and invited guests.

Lieberman took office on July 1 following the retirement of Steve Morgan, who was president for 26 years. Lieberman previously was provost and vice president for academic affairs at Wagner College in New York and before that was a communications professor and administrator at Portland State University in Oregon.

The university enrolls 3,100 undergraduates and graduate students at its main La Verne campus and about 4,000 more in its satellite programs at other locations in California, its law school in Ontario and its adult and online classes.

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Photo: Students walking on campus at the University of La Verne. Credit: Los Angeles Times

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