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CONTACT: Sharon Jones Schweitzer

June 24, 2010


Inauguration of Trinity University President Dennis A. Ahlburg Set for Oct. 22


The inauguration events are scheduled during Trinity’s Alumni Weekend to give alumni the opportunity to meet the new president and participate in the event.


Dennis A. Ahlburg

SAN ANTONIO – Dennis A. Ahlburg will be officially inaugurated as Trinity University’s 18th president in a formal installation ceremony at 2 p.m. Friday, Oct. 22, in Laurie Auditorium. All members of the Trinity community are invited to participate and the event is free and open to the public. A reception will take place immediately following the installation ceremony on the lawn surrounding the Hepworth sculpture, “The Magic Stones,” in front of Trinity’s Coates Library.


The inauguration celebration will be marked with a series of events leading up to the Oct. 22 investiture, including an all-campus picnic featuring Trinity student musicians and a luncheon for delegates and special guests. The installation ceremony will begin with a colorful procession of faculty, trustees, administrators, and delegates representing some of the nation’s most prestigious colleges and universities in full academic regalia. The program will include greetings from faculty, staff, students, and alumni, as well as city officials. The keynote address will be delivered by Roger Ainsworth, professor of engineering science at the University of Oxford, England and Master of St. Catherine’s College. Ainsworth, an internationally known research engineer and teacher, has also worked in industry for a number of years, including Rolls Royce and the Atomic Energy Research Establishment. His selection as the keynote speaker at Ahlburg’s inauguration signals the importance Trinity places on an international perspective in a fully rounded education.


The President of the University wears a distinctive medallion, a replica of the official Trinity University seal.

A native of Australia, Ahlburg took office January 2010 following a national search. An internationally respected economist and authority on population impact on economic development and higher education, he has brought to Trinity a distinguished record of research and teaching and an impressive career as a transformational academic administrator. Previously he served as dean of the Leeds School of Business at the University of Colorado at Boulder. Prior to Leeds, he 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.


Ahlburg is married to Penelope Harley, an attorney specializing in alternative dispute resolution and restorative justice; they are parents to four-year old Benjamin.


A Web cast of the inauguration ceremony is being planned as is the development of a special inauguration Web site. Details will soon be available at


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