Bryon L. Grigsby, Ph.D., senior vice president & vice president for academic affairs at Shenandoah University, has been named the 16th president of Moravian College and Moravian Theological Seminary in Bethlehem, Pa.  Dr. Grigsby, a 1990 graduate of Moravian College, will assume the presidency on July 1, 2013. He will succeed President Christopher M. Thomforde, who will depart Moravian in July after serving seven years as president of the college and seminary.

Grigsby joined the leadership team at Shenandoah University on July 1, 2008, succeeding Tracy Fitzsimmons, Ph.D., then senior vice president & vice president for academic affairs, when she became president of the university.

“We’re pleased for Bryon and this new leadership opportunity, and that he begins his presidency at his undergraduate alma mater is thrilling,” said Dr. Fitzsimmons. “Bryon is passionate about student and faculty success in and out of the classroom. His visionary efforts to integrate mobile technology into the learning environment here at Shenandoah have dramatically altered the academic landscape.

“Shenandoah University provided me with great opportunities to build my leadership skills and develop a greater understanding of the higher education community,” said Grigsby. “My experience here has made it possible to begin this new leadership role at Moravian and to help it grow as it moves forward.”

A national search to fill the position will begin in January 2013.