The former dean of the Simon Business School at the University of Rochester, and most recently director of the Bradley Policy Center, Mark Zupan succeeds Charles Edmondson, who had served as AU president since 2000. Zupan quoted Alfred University’s motto – Fiat Lux; Let there be Light – in his inaugural address and quoted the university’s second president, Jonathan Allen, in rallying the university community: “Alfred, starting as a little taper set in an upper window, becoming soon a candle….thence developed gradually into a candelabrum, many lighted. … Let us therefore continue to multiply and brighten her lights, in the full assurance that, when we have done what we can, coming generations will take up and augment the good work.”
The inaugural ceremony included the bestowing of an honorary degree on Joseph Kalt, Emeritus Ford Foundation Professor of International Political Economy, who recalled meeting an undergraduate Zupan in an economics class at Harvard University. He said he recognized in Zupan “character and values that would make him a success in life” and promised the university community it would recognize in Zupan “one of the most decent, carrying and compassionate individuals we have ever known.”
“Alfred, you are in good hands,” Kalt concluded.
Five additional guests at the ceremony also recalled their relationships with Zupan, praising him as a pivotal figure in their own lives and careers: Nina Schwalbe, a principal at Spark Street Consulting, New York; Scott Givens, CEO and owner of FiveCurrents, Redondo Beach, CA; Jim Moore, President and CEO, University of Illinois Foundation, Urbana, IL; Will Reynolds, U.S. Army Captain (Ret.), and Janet Anderson, executive director of professional programs at Simon Business School.
“He had a cult following at Harvard,” Schwalbe joked. “And I was one of his groupies.”
Zupan received a standing ovation from the hundreds of faculty, staff, trustees and AU trustees attending the inauguration after AU board Chairman Leslie Gelber formally completed his installation, presenting AU’s presidential medallion to the new university president.