April 22, 2010


ALLIANCE, Ohio - Mount Union College will inaugurate its tenth president, Dr. John L. (Jack) Ewing, Jr., Saturday, April 28.

Dr. Ewing came to Mount Union in July 2000, after serving as president of Dakota Wesleyan University in Mitchell, South Dakota since 1994. Prior to his presidency at Dakota Wesleyan, he served 11 years as a professor and assistant dean at South Dakota State University. He also served on the faculty at Asbury College in Wilmore, Kentucky for four years.

A native of Bridgeton, New Jersey, Dr. Ewing earned his B.A. degree in physical education from Asbury College in 1974. He later earned his M.S. degree in physical education specializing in exercise physiology from the University of Kentucky in 1975 and his Ph.D. degree in the same discipline at the University of Minnesota in 1982.

Dr. Ewing, his wife Cynthia and two daughters, Sara, 24, and Elizabeth, 19, are actively involved in the United Methodist Church. In May 2000, Dr. Ewing became the first elected delegate from the Dakotas Conference to the General Conference held in Cleveland. Dakota Wesleyan, like Mount Union, is affiliated with the United Methodist Church.

Also active in community life, Dr. Ewing has been involved in leadership with the United Way as well as serving on the boards of the hospital in Brookings, South Dakota and a local museum.

The day's inaugural events, all of which are open to the public, will begin with a continental breakfast at 9 a.m. on the Campus Grounds patio, located on the south side of the Hoover-Price Campus Center. At 9:30 a.m., Celebration of Mount Union, a series of presentations focusing on the intellectual, spiritual, physical and social aspects of life at Mount Union College will be presented. A worship service will follow the presentations at 11 a.m. in Dewald Chapel and the morning will conclude with a complimentary Inaugural Luncheon from 11:45 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. in the Hoover-Price Campus Center.

The Inaugural Ceremony will take place at 2 p.m. in the Timken Building and will be followed by a reception in Peterson Field House.

The day will conclude with an evening of music, as the Mount Union Choir performs in Presser Recital Hall at 8 p.m. Tickets are required for the concert. For ticket information, please contact the Department of Music at (330) 823-2180.

Dorothy Davis, director of alumni and college activities at the College and chair of the Inauguration Committee, invites the community to join the Ewings, their family and the entire campus community in the day's festivities.

"Presidential inaugurations have always been very special events at Mount Union because they happen so rarely," Davis said. "Everyone is welcome to attend, whether affiliated with the College or not, and to witness the beginning of a new chapter in Mount Union history."

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