The Defiance College Board of Trustees has named Dr. Richanne C. Mankey as the college’s 19th president. Dr. Mankey is the first woman president in the 165-year history of the college. She will begin her presidency on campus Jan. 11. Mankey succeeds Mark Gordon, who stepped down to accept the presidency of William Mitchell College of Law in St. Paul, Minn. Edward Buhl is currently serving as interim president and will return to his position as chair of the Board of Trustees when Mankey assumes the presidency. Mankey is a noted expert on transformational leadership and has a proven record as a fundraiser, according to college officials, who in making the announcement, said she understands and believes in the mission of Defiance College as a private, liberal arts-based college, and her distinguished professional career demonstrates a strong commitment in that area. She began her career at Ohio Northern University, where she was the youngest named vice president. Mankey and her husband, Michael, will be relocating to Defiance.
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