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For Immediate Release
Contact: Sharon Jones Schweitzer
Date: September 25, 2009

Trinity University Selects 18th President
Internationally renowned economist Dennis Ahlburg to assume Trinity presidency


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Dennis A. Ahlburg

San Antonio – Trinity University’s Board of Trustees today elected Dennis A. Ahlburg, Ph.D. to serve as the University’s 18th president. Dr. Ahlburg, currently the dean of the Leeds School of Business at the University of Colorado at Boulder, will assume the presidency Jan. 1, 2010.

Dr. Ahlburg is an internationally respected authority on the impact of population growth on development and the economics of higher education. “Dennis Ahlburg brings to Trinity a distinguished record of research and teaching and an impressive career as a transformational academic administrator,” said Tim Hixon, chairman of Trinity’s Board of Trustees in announcing his selection.

“Trinity University is an outstanding institution and I look forward to working with the board, faculty, staff, students, and alumni as we move Trinity to the front ranks of the nation's leading liberal arts colleges,” said President-elect Ahlburg in accepting the position. “I am thrilled to have this opportunity to join the Trinity community and to work in and with one of America’s most dynamic cities. San Antonio is a virtual laboratory for students who can learn much about where the country is going demographically, economically, and geopolitically.”

Dr. Ahlburg has served as the dean of the Leeds School of Business since August 2005. Under his leadership, the Leeds School has significantly expanded and renovated the business school facilities, strengthened the undergraduate program, increased its resource base, and put into place a strategic plan to enhance the school’s curriculum, diversity, and outreach.

Prior to his appointment at the Leeds School, Dr. Ahlburg enjoyed a 25-year career as a professor of economics and academic administrator at the Carlson School of Management at the University of Minnesota, where he was senior associate dean and the Fesler-Lampert Chair in Urban and Regional Affairs.

The author of more than 100 academic articles and books and the recipient of more than 30 research grants, Dr. Ahlburg also has received many honors and awards including designation as an “expert of international standing” by the Australian Research Council in 2004 and a Fulbright Fellowship in 1975. He has consulted extensively with a variety of prominent organizations including the United Nations, the World Health Organization, the World Bank, and the governments of Great Britain and Australia.

 “Dr. Ahlburg’s global research on a range of economic issues and his international perspective will enhance the University’s efforts to internationalize the Trinity experience,” said John (J.R.) Hurd, chair of the University’s Presidential Search Committee and member of the Trinity Board of Trustees. Dr. Ahlburg’s election is the result of a nationwide search and a collaborative process within the Trinity community to determine desired qualifications of the next president and the challenges and opportunities facing Trinity.

President-elect Ahlburg is a native of Australia. He received his bachelor’s in economics with first class honors from the University of Sydney, a master’s in economics from the Australian National University, and a Ph.D. in economics from the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Ahlburg is married to Penelope Harley, an attorney specializing in alternative dispute resolution and restorative justice; they are parents to three year old Benjamin.

Dr. Ahlburg succeeds John R. Brazil, who announced his retirement from the presidency in January 2009.
Dr. Brazil became Trinity’s 17th president in June 1999. His leadership has brought about a number of initiatives that have built on the University’s considerable strengths and accomplishments, including the successful completion of an historic $200 million capital campaign. Dream. Inspire. Achieve. The Campaign for Trinity University exceeded its goal by raising $205.9 million in gifts and pledges that will sustain Trinity’s future and allow the University to further invest in its students and faculty.

Trinity University is a nationally recognized liberal arts and sciences institution noted for its exceptional faculty and commitment to the comprehensive preparation of its talented student body. It is a learning community that has charted its course with a steadfast commitment to excellence since it was founded in 1869.

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