College names new president – Grand Rapids Business Journal

After a national search, Aquinas College appointed its ninth president.

Alicia Córdoba wants to be the next president of the liberal arts college in Grand Rapids. She succeeds Kevin Quinn, who held the position for five years. She will assume the presidency on July 1.

“I am genuinely humbled and honored to have been selected by the trustees as the ninth president of Aquinas,” Córdoba said. “From the moment I stepped foot on campus last month, I felt right at home – and I feel equally confident we are going to accomplish many great things together.

Córdoba brings more than two decades of experience in Catholic higher education. She has expertise in strategic planning, financial management and stewardship, curriculum and program design, fundraising, marketing, team building, process improvement and related areas. She currently serves as associate vice president and Beirne director of the Center for Catholic Studies at St. Mary’s University in San Antonio.

“On behalf of the board of trustees, I am delighted to welcome Dr. Córdoba as the ninth president of Aquinas College,” said Marcie Hillary, board chair, Aquinas College. “After a rigorous national search, extensive on-campus interviews and prayerful discernment, President-elect Córdoba was the clear and unanimous choice to lead Aquinas College at this pivotal time in higher education.

“Alicia is a servant-leader who brings decades of experience in higher education leadership, demonstrated fundraising success and stewardship, and strong financial acumen within the higher education business model. Her skill set is a perfect match for the criteria we have established for our next president and will be a strong complement to those of our current leadership team.”

Córdoba is a graduate of The Juilliard School, where she was the first woman to receive a doctor of musical arts in English horn performance. She also holds a bachelor’s and master’s degree in music from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

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