College president busy during first 6 months

Ripon College President Zach Messitte speaks with students Adriana Zeriu and Sam Poullette.

Zach Messitte has been busy these past six months.

Ripon College’s new president has done the big things — such as moving across the country, meeting hundreds of new faces and starting the heavy lifting at the college.

But he’s also found time to enjoy a book club with students, volunteer to rake leaves, join Rotary and help coach college basketball on a road trip.

Messitte discussed these and several and other topics with the Commonwealth in reflecting on his first six months. He also just passed the 100th day since his grand inauguration in the fall (he officially took office July 1, 2012).

Time has “moved very fast,” he said.

“[I’ve] met just hundreds of people, students, faculty, staff, alumni, people in the community,” he said. “So I’ve really tried my best to get out and talk to people, listen, ask questions, and try and get a sense of the college’s place in the community but also where the college goes in terms of its priories.”

Big-picture items Messitte is working on include admissions, a $50 million capital campaign and the forthcoming renovation of some campus buildings.

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