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Gustavus Adolphus College Introduces First Female President

ST. PETER, MINN. -

Gustavus Adolphus College introduced its next president this morning and for the first time in the institution's 152 year history, that president is a woman.

Gustavus Adolphus was founded in 1862 and is the oldest Lutheran college in Minnesota.

The next president, Rebecca Bergman will succeed Jack Ohle.

Although this is Bergman's first job in academia, she's spent 26 years at a biomedical engineering facility, Medtronic, 14 of those as a senior executive.

Rebecca Bergman, next Gustavus Adolphus president says, "It's unusual for a female to be an executive in science and technology so coming here there's actually a better balance and I'm looking forward to that."

She say's being the first female president at the liberal arts college is a bonus.

Rebecca Bergman says, "I'm excited to be a part of this institution in a leadership capacity and it's a bonus to be the first woman in the role."

Bergman earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Princeton University and undertook graduate study in a Ph. D program at the University of Minnesota.

Those on the presidential search committee say they have found what they were looking for in Bergman.

Brenda Kelly, presidential search committee search member says, "Educating students is central to what we do at Gustavus so all of her qualities really fit well with what we had hoped to find in searching for our president."

Not only has the college embraced her, but so has the community.

Bergman says, "It's affirming to me to have such a warm welcome by Gustavus, by the students, by the faculty, by the staff here, by the community. It's gratifying to see the college embracing the next leader and the next chapter of this institution."

Bergman's first day as president at the liberal arts college will be July 1st.