Ashland University’s Dr. Eun-Woo Chang Selected for National Program that Prepares Leaders

Ashland University’s Dr. Eun-Woo Chang Selected for National Program that Prepares Leaders

5/4/17 ASHLAND, Ohio – Ashland University’s Provost Dr. Eun-Woo Chang is one of 20 senior college administrators selected by the Council of Independent Colleges (CIC) to participate in a year-long Presidential Vocation and Institutional Mission program for prospective college and university presidents.

The seminar-based program is designed to help individuals with the potential to serve as college and university presidents to clarify the alignment between their personal and professional values and goals and the missions of institutions that they might lead in the future. With a wave of retirements of university presidents on the horizon, it is especially important that individuals who become new presidents are well suited to the culture of the institution. The program aims to produce presidencies that are long lasting, highly effective, and satisfying to both the individual and the institution.

Participants, including Dr. Chang, will engage in two seminars, participate in consultations with experienced facilitators, and undertake a series of readings about the vocation of college presidents and the role of vision and mission in institutional leadership.

“The alignment of personal vocation and institutional mission emphasized in this program addresses a common pitfall of presidencies,” said CIC President Richard Ekman. “The program aims to help participants achieve great things for their institutions and to avoid being ‘the right person in the wrong place.’”

Dr. Chang joined Ashland University as provost in spring 2016 and in that role is responsible for leadership of the academic areas as well as the undergraduate and graduate admission, enrollment and marketing areas on campus.
AU President Dr. Carlos Campo was pleased that Dr. Chang was selected for the program. “Eun-Woo is an innovative and visionary academic leader. He has been a tremendous asset to Ashland University in a number of administrative areas and he has the ability to understand and solve complex issues in a university environment,” Campo said.

Dr. Chang served as vice president for academic affairs at Mercer County Community College in New Jersey and as dean of science for engineering and mathematics at Montgomery College in Rockville, Md., prior to joining Ashland University. He has a Ph.D. in chemistry from the University of California at Los Angeles, an M.A. in chemistry from Minnesota State University and a B.S. in chemistry from South Korea.

This approach to the preparation of new presidents has proven itself highly successful in the period that the program has been operating. Since 2005, 50 program participants (35 percent) have been named to college presidencies—a very high rate of advancement among leadership development programs.

The program is directed by Frederik Ohles, Nebraska Wesleyan University president and CIC senior advisor. For more information about the Presidential Vocation and Institutional Mission program, which is generously funded by Lilly Endowment Inc., visit   

Adrienne Bloss
, Vice President for Academic Affairs, Shenandoah University (VA)
Shai L. Butler, Vice President for Student Success and Engagement and Chief Diversity Officer, The College of Saint Rose (NY)
Sara Campbell, Dean, School of Nursing, Lee University (TN)
Eun-Woo Chang, Provost, Ashland University (OH)
Debbie M. Cottrell, Vice President for Academic Affairs, Texas Lutheran University (TX)
Cam Cruickshank, Executive Vice President for Enrollment Management and University Advancement, Madonna University (MI)
Andrew French, Director of Community Action and Special Assistant to the President, Albion College (MI)
Eric Forseth, Provost, Dordt College (IA)
Christopher B. Gage, Special Assistant to the President and Director of Strategic Planning, Hanover College (IN)
Adrian Haugabrook, Vice President for Student Success and Engagement, Wheelock College (MA)
Rebecca Hernandez, Associate Vice President for Intercultural Engagement and Faculty Development, George Fox University (OR)
Gary C. Johnson, Provost, Hastings College (NE)
Joel Martin, Provost and Dean of Faculty, Franklin & Marshall College (PA)
Steven Mason, Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs, LeTourneau University (TX)
Stacy McAfee, Associate Vice President for External Relations, Strategic Partnerships, and Presidential Initiatives, University of the Pacific (CA)
Edward J. Peck, Vice President for University Mission and Identity, John Carroll University (OH)
Robert Pool, Vice President for Student Life and Dean of Students, Houghton College (NY)
Glenell Lee-Pruitt, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, Jarvis Christian College (TX)
Laurie Quinn, Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs, Champlain College (VT)
Todd Rasberry, Vice President for Institutional Advancement, Georgetown College (KY)

The Council of Independent Colleges is an association of 768 nonprofit independent colleges and universities and higher education affiliates and organizations that has worked since 1956 to support college and university leadership, advance institutional excellence, and enhance public understanding of private higher education’s contributions to society. CIC is the major national organization that focuses on providing services to leaders of independent colleges and universities as well as conferences, seminars, and other programs that help institutions improve educational quality, administrative and financial performance, and institutional visibility. CIC conducts the largest annual conference of college and university presidents and of chief academic officers. CIC also provides support to state associations that organize programs and generate contributions for their member colleges and universities. The Council is headquartered at One Dupont Circle in Washington, DC. For more information, visit

Ashland University, ranked in the top tier of colleges and universities in U.S. News and World Report’s National Universities category for 2017, is a mid-sized, private university conveniently located a short distance from Akron, Cleveland and Columbus, Ohio. Ashland University ( deeply values the individual student and offers a unique educational experience that combines the challenge of strong, applied academic programs with a faculty and staff who build nurturing relationships with their students.                                                                                ###