Ex-DuPont exec Landgraf to lead Washington College

 (photo courtesy Washington College)

(photo courtesy Washington College)

Kurt Landgraf, the DuPont Co.’s former chief operating officer, has been selected to become the next president of Washington College.

Located in Chestertown, Md., about 30 miles from Delaware’s western edge, Washington is America’s 10th oldest college and has about 1,450 students.

“Throughout his remarkable career, Kurt Landgraf has set himself apart from his peers as an exceptional leader and an exemplar of the values we seek to instill in our students, faculty, and community here at Washington College,” Board Chair H. Lawrence Culp, Jr said in a statement. “We believe his collaborative leadership style, his ability to craft ambitious and integrated strategies, and his operational experience will be an asset to Washington College.”.

Beyond his years as a senior executive at chemical giant DuPont, Landgraf also spent 13 years as president and chief operating officer at ETS, a leading providers of measurement programs and evaluations for schools from kindergarten through higher education.

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Landgraf, who lives in Greenville, said in a written statement that he was “deeply honored” by his selection. “To join the ranks of this storied and historic institution is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity,” he said.

Landgraff  is married to Rita Landgraf, former secretary of the Delaware Department of Health and Social Services, who left her state post in January to become a professor and distinguished health and social services administrator in residence at the University of Delaware College of Health Sciences.

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