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New president sets path for Keuka College

    KEUKA PARK—Saying that “we are obliged to reconsider a liberal arts education in a digital, connected world,” Jorge L. Díaz-Herrera was inaugurated as the new Keuka College president, Friday, May 4.
    In remarks after being invested as the College’s 19th president, Dr. Díaz-Herrera encouraged the faculty of this “great institution to create the liberal arts curriculum for the 21st century.” The speech was part of day-long events celebrating the inauguration.
     “What if we were to integrate computational methods seamlessly across the curriculum?” said the president, a native of Barquisimeto, Venezuela. “What if we were to produce criminal justice experts who solved cybercrime, nurses proficient in medical informatics, and English majors fluent in digital storytelling?”
    An education with a liberal arts base “allows us to be able to address difficult, global, complex issues by allowing us to place this knowledge in context without compartmentalization,” said Díaz-Herrera. “This is an education that unique places like Keuka can provide, and it’s one of the reasons that drew me to the job.”
    He has also spearheaded a campus-wide, long-range strategic planning effort. One of the first outcomes of that work is a new mission statement.
    “We must bring the arts back to Keuka College,” said the president. “Conversations are under way with the Eastman School of Music to see what we can do together. Another exciting project is the potential reviving of the Sampson Theatre in downtown Penn Yan. We should be part of this effort and also participate wholeheartedly in the Penn Yan 20/20 planning effort. The Finger Lakes Museum is another project that plays in this arena.”

 


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