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President Elizabeth A. Rider

President Rider was named President of ܽƵ on November 2, 2022 after serving as Interim President since January 1, 2022. She was officially installed as the institution's 16th president at a special Installation Ceremony held on Thursday, April 27, 2023, in Leffler Chapel & Performance Center. Prior to being appointed President, President Rider most recently served as the College’s Provost and Senior Vice President of Academic Affairs. As Provost and SVPAA, President Rider specifically restructured academic programs, formed the creation of Schools at the institution, established a new five-year program in Physician Assistant (PA) Studies, and expanded the College’s renowned Occupational Therapy (OT) program to include a Doctorate in Occupational Therapy (OTD).

President Rider has overseen a growth in enrollment year during her tenure including enrolling the largest incoming class in over a decade in 2023 and achieving the largest number of applications submitted to the college in 2024. Under her leadership, the College has exceeded fundraising goals and reached a record endowment of more than $100 million and has transformed the School of Graduate and Professional Studies (SGPS) by adding new online programs and online platforms. She is leading the College’s five-year Strategic Plan that prioritizes dynamic academic programming as well as diversity, equity, and belonging, and strategic partnerships to continue to elevate the College. President Rider was named to the City & State Pennsylvania Higher Education Power 100 list in 2023.

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Contact the Office of the President

Lisa A. Wolfe

Executive Assistant to the President's Office & Board of Relations

wolfel@etown.edu | (717) 361-1193

About President Rider

President Rider has had a long career at ܽƵ, spending the first half as a faculty member in the Department of Psychology and the second half in various administrative positions.

Her teaching included courses on Developmental Psychology, Applied Developmental Psychology, Exceptional Children, Educational Psychology, Research in Developmental, and Psychology of Women. Her early research focused on young children's spatial orientation and abilities as well as the construction of gender. She published a textbook on the psychology of women, Women's Voices, with both Brooks/Cole (1st ed) and Wiley (2nd ed). With her colleague Carol Sigelman (The George Washington University), she has written multiple editions of a popular Life-Span Human Development text, now going into its 10th edition with Cengage Learning.

She assumed the position of Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs in 2016. In this position, she was the Chief Academic Officer of the College and provided appropriate leadership with other administrators. She worked closely with the Associate Provosts and Deans and provided strategic direction and oversight to the College's academic programs, including those offered through the School of Graduate and Professional Studies.

President Rider is a graduate of Gettysburg College and has a master’s and doctoral degree in psychology from Vanderbilt University. She also completed Harvard’s Institute for Educational Management. President Rider lives in Elizabethtown with her family.

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“I am honored to lead ܽƵ as its 16th president and thank the Board of Trustees for their vote of confidence and support. As a longtime Blue Jay, the time for growth and opportunity has never been better for the institution. With our already growing momentum with enrollment, academic programming, diversity efforts, and strengthening and building relationships within the community, I am excited and energized to continue to elevate our College’s greatest assets and build a strong sense of belonging for all.”

-President Elizabeth A. Rider