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      Friday, Sept. 6, 2019 – Capital University President Elizabeth L. “Beth” Paul, Ph.D., has informed the Board of Trustees that she will conclude her leadership at the University at the end of this academic year, the University announced today. Paul’s tenure as president will conclude at the end of June 2020.

      “The timing for this change is right for the University and me. When I began my journey at Capital, the University wanted and needed transformational change. The needs of the University were a good fit for my skills and my passion,” said Paul, a national higher education leader in educational innovation, strategic finance, culture, and community development. “Leading change requires vision, purpose and a driving focus on strategy. With the successes we have achieved, Capital is now at an inflection point ready to build on the foundation we’ve established.”

      “Dr. Paul has made a tremendously positive impact on Capital since being named president,” said Board Chair Bernie Ostrowski. “Under her leadership we’ve had a record-breaking year with enrollment, grown a number of our academic programs, and established new and engaging partnerships with businesses and communities. While we are respectful of her decision to move on to a new chapter in her career, we are also excited about all that she will continue to accomplish at Capital in this upcoming year. She is truly an engaged leader on all fronts and that will continue through the end of the academic year.”

      During President Paul’s tenure, Capital has made significant strides: establishing coveted community and foundation partnerships, launching an innovative college-access and affordability initiative, reuniting Capital with Trinity Lutheran Seminary, growing new graduate, online and hybrid learning options, and securing a record-breaking traditional undergraduate class heading into the 2019-2020 academic year. Paul’s expertise focuses on addressing higher education issues, especially business model evolution. She will continue to drive that work at Capital this academic year and across the higher education spectrum into the future.

      “I am proud of what we have accomplished. We have made foundational change to the University to secure its future. Our outcomes in enrollment, student success, community-building and positioning speak for themselves, and we’re making great progress toward building a defined, agile and sustainable financial model for Capital University,” Paul added.

      Paul was named Capital’s 16th president in February 2016 and formally took office July 1, 2016, as the unanimous choice of the presidential search committee composed of trustees, faculty, staff, students, alumni and community leaders. Prior to Capital, Paul served seven years as the senior academic officer at Stetson University in Central Florida.

      Since 2016, Capital has:

      • Placed new focus on intentionally shaping Capital’s future through a framework to sustainably strengthen the institution, raise its visibility and profile, and help students succeed.
      • Created new pathways to and through Capital through creation of the Good Guarantee, expanded graduate, hybrid and online learning programs, and a pioneering partnership with Columbus State to optimize transfer student success.
      • Unified with neighboring Trinity Lutheran Seminary to form Trinity Lutheran Seminary at Capital University, strengthening financial operations, student support resources and enrollment.
      • Articulated a clear and shared vision for Capital’s future, resulting in a mission, vision, values, strategic framework and master plan that were unanimously endorsed by the Board in February 2018.
      • Formed a joint venture with The Pizzuti Company to redevelop a University-owned surface parking near Capital’s downtown campus and Law School in the heart of the Discovery District.
      • Established Capital’s Bonner Leader Program, unique to the Columbus Region, which fuels scholarships for low-income, underrepresented and first-generation students with a passion for community engagement and social justice issues. Capital’s community partners include First English Lutheran Church, United Way, Rickenbacker Woods Foundation & Learning Center in the Driving Park neighborhood, Community Development for All People, and Star House.

      The Board of Trustees will lead a national search for Capital’s next president.


      Beth Paul in Cbus Elizabeth Paul, has been president at Capital University in Columbus, Ohio, since July 2016. She is a national leader in higher education and renowned consultant focusing on student-learning outcomes assessment, strategic planning and change management. She has held national leadership roles in key higher education initiatives, including community-engaged learning and undergraduate research. Paul holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology, with a minor in statistics, and a doctorate in personality psychology. Read other recent columns on "The Value of Good," and "Bringing the True Value of Higher Education to the Forefront."