Interim President Kenneth Long ‘Ideal Person’ to Take the Helm During Volatile Time

Just months into her tenure as East Stroudsburg University’s 13th president, Marcia G. Welsh, Ph.D. began searching for a chief financial officer for ESU. One name kept coming up.

At the time, Kenneth Long was assistant vice president for administration & finance at Kutztown University and his stellar reputation in the field was widely known.

“Everything I heard was he was the best CFO in the state,” Dr. Welsh says. “I met him and he was so genuine and so intelligent that I thought he would be just perfect for ESU.”

Mr. Long started as ESU’s vice president of administration and finance in 2013 and quickly lived up to his reputation, according to Welsh and others who have worked with him. Three months after Welsh announced her retirement, the Board of Governors for Pennsylvania’s State System of Higher Education voted unanimously to appoint Long to serve as interim president of ESU on April 10. He officially takes the helm on July 31.

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