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Carmen Ambar Becomes The First African-American President Of Oberlin College

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The #blackgirlmagic continues to sprinkle upon us. Oberlin College was the first college in the United States to begin admitting students of color in 1833 and this week they elected their first African-American president, Carmen Ambar. The history-making icon previously served as president of Cedar Crest College and with her new role, she will become the college’s 15th president. Here’s what she had to say:

“Oberlin is a singular institution in American higher education, with a historic commitment to social justice, academic and musical excellence, and the liberal arts. I look forward to my work with Oberlin’s faculty, staff, students, board, and alumni to think creatively and collaboratively together. I am humbled to be joining this institution and excited about the opportunity to lead it into its next era.” – Carmen Ambar

Chris Canavan, Chair-Elect of Oberlin’s Board of Trustees and ’84 graduate of the school is incredibly excited to work alongside Carmen Ambar.

“Her life story, her academic achievements, her devotion to the liberal arts and her love of music make her the very embodiment of Oberlin. Under her leadership, I’m confident that Oberlin can advance with the times without losing sight of who we are.” – Chris Canavan

We wish Carmen Ambar a great run as president, continue to be great!



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