Top stories of 2017: Wittenberg University selects new president

Mike Frandsen, the president of Wittenberg University, talks about the future of the University during the Springfield Rotory Club’s weekly meeting. Bill Lackey/Staff
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Mike Frandsen, the president of Wittenberg University, talks about the future of the University during the Springfield Rotory Club’s weekly meeting. Bill Lackey/Staff

Here’s a look at one of our top stories of 2017.

Wittenberg University selected its 15th president in early February, filling a gap in the hierarchy left for nearly two years.

Dr. Michael Fransden was chosen to fill the spot vacated in November 2015 by former president Laurie Joyner, who abruptly stepped down with no official reasoning. Fransden took the reins of the private institution from Interim President Dick Helton.

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Fransden came to the university after spending three years as the vice president for finance and administration at Oberlin College and began his role at Wittenberg in July. Almost immediately, he faced tough decisions regarding the university’s finances, which were already in the spotlight after Joyner made several million dollars in budget cuts.

Fransden said the goal of his first 100 days was to get to know both the “Wittenberg people” and the community as a whole so better changes can be enacted and he can form as many relationships as possible.

“The work that we are going to do are going to be done through people and relationships,” he said.

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