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The Lakeland University Board of Trustees Thursday removed the interim title and named David Black the institution’s 17th president.

The board approved forgoing the establishment of a search committee, a move which was supported by Lakeland’s faculty at a meeting on Wednesday.

“We are very pleased with Dr. Black’s dedication, hard work, enthusiasm and implementation of innovative concepts in the past four months as interim,” said Board Chairperson Barbara Gannon. “He has rapidly renewed relationships in the community that he established during his first tenure as president, and also developed new connections that will benefit Lakeland.”

Black served as Lakeland’s 13th president from 1989-97, and becomes the first person to serve the institution as president twice. Josias Friedli was acting president twice, in 1930-31 and 1950-51.

Black left Lakeland to become president of Eastern College in St. Davids, Pa., and retired in 2013. He returned to Lakeland this past January as interim president.

“The people I have spent recent months with at Lakeland have so many big ideas that I just do not want to leave,” Black said. “We have envisioned a liberal arts university whose students learn on campus and in this communities’ great companies, all at the same time. Thus, we call it cooperative education, and everyone is better for it, especially our students, who will graduate with little or no debt. What a privilege this is for an educator.”

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