By Ken Owen
GREENCASTLE, Ind. - A new chapter in the 171-year history of United Methodist-related DePauw University will be celebrated on Friday, Oct. 10, as the DePauw community and its friends gather for the inauguration of the institution's nineteenth president, Dr. Brian W. Casey.
The ceremony, which will be part of this year's Old Gold Weekend, begins at 4 p.m. in Holton Quad (in the event of rain, the proceedings will take place in the Lilly Center).
The program will feature remarks by Robert J. Zimmer, president of the University of Chicago, as well as Casey's inaugural address. Bishop Mike Coyner will participate in the ceremony.
Casey assumed the presidency of DePauw on July 1. His appointment was announced in February after a nine-month international search for the University's first new leader in 22 years. Casey came to Greencastle from Harvard University, where he was associate dean for academic affairs in the faculty of arts and sciences.
He succeeds Robert G. Bottoms, who has led DePauw since 1986 and, as president emeritus, becomes director of the Janet Prindle Institute for Ethics.
"It is with great excitement and anticipation that we begin the preparations for Dr. Casey's inauguration," said R. David Hoover, DePauw class of 1967 and chair of DePauw's Board of Trustees. "We'll have more details coming shortly about the plans for the weekend, which should be quite memorable. As so many in the DePauw community have already expressed their fond feelings for Dr. Casey, we want to make certain they're aware of the date and know that we look forward to seeing them on October 10."
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Ken Owen serves as director of communication for DePauw University.