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Darrin Good is latest alumnus to become a college president

Darrin Good
Darrin Good

Augustana College has had only eight presidents in 159 years, but it has graduated 15 people who became college presidents during their careers.

Dr. Darrin Good, a 1987 Augustana graduate, is the latest. He will become president of Nebraska Wesleyan University later this year.

He was a member of the biology faculty until being named, in 2012, an associate dean at Gustavus Adolphus College in Minnesota.

During his time at Augustana, Dr. Good assumed administrative leadership roles in service learning, summer programs and the Nicaragua service learning program. He also chaired the Division of Natural Sciences and was admissions coordinator for biology and pre-health professions.

After Gustavus, Dr. Good served as vice president of academic affairs and dean at Whittier College in California. He will begin his work at Nebraska Wesleyan on July 1, becoming the 15th Augustana graduate to serve as a college president.

Alumni presidents

Three graduates of Augustana went on to become president of the college: Gustav Andreen, Class of 1881; Conrad Bergendoff, Class of 1915; and Thomas Tredway, Class of 1957.

Others include:

Tom Benson '62, Green Mountain College, Vermont
Al Bowman '75, Illinois State University
Joseph Bruno '78, Marietta College, Ohio
Richard L. Edwards '65, Rutgers University
Nils Hasselmo '57, University of Minnesota
Albert Karnig '68, California State, San Bernardino
David Livingston '86, Lewis University, Romeoville, Ill.
Arthur Puotinen '63, Grand View College, Des Moines
Elizabeth Stroble '73, Webster University, St. Louis
Carl A. Swensson (Class of 1877), Bethany College, Kansas
Matthias Wahlstrom (Class of 1877), Gustaus Adolphus, St. Peter, Minn.

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