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Largest School in CCCU Picks Next President

Indiana Wesleyan University picks insider to lead nearly 16,000 students.

The next president of Indiana Wesleyan University (IWU)—now the largest member of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU)–is someone whose ties to the Marion, Indiana, school go back quite a few years. Most of his life, in fact.

An inside pick, IWU provost David Wright will become IWU's ninth president on July 1, succeeding Henry L. Smith, who announced his retirement last October. Smith now will serve a two-year term as IWU's chancellor.

Wright has been deeply involved in helping IWU grow to its current size of almost 16,000 enrolled students. According to a press release, "Wright led [IWU's] entry into online education and initiated the regional campus development strategy that helped IWU become Indiana's largest private university."

It wasn't always that way–for example, when Wright first arrived on campus. That was back in the 1970s, when Wright attended IWU as an undergraduate. He also spent about 11 years ...

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