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1st female president named at Huntington University


Huntington University has chosen its first female president in the institution’s 116-year history.

The university’s board of trustees approved the appointment of Sherilyn R. Emberton as the 13th president, according to a statement released Friday. She will begin June 1.

“Dr. Emberton is a highly gifted leader with extensive higher education administrative experience, including positions at public, private and faith-based institutions,” said Kelly Savage, board chair. “She will effectively guide Huntington University into the future with innovative ideas for program development as well as groundbreaking strategies to increase awareness of our institution.”

Emberton currently is provost and vice president for academic affairs at East Texas Baptist University in Marshall. She earned a doctorate from Texas A&M University-Commerce. She holds both bachelor’s and master’s degrees in education from Stephen F. Austin State University.

She replaces retiring President G. Blair Dowden, who began his tenure as president in 1991. The university’s Science Hall was renamed Dowden Science Hall in honor of Dowden during a special ceremony this week.

During Dowden’s time as president, enrollment doubled and many new academic programs were developed, including nursing, exercise science and digital media arts.