The Bowdoin College Board of Trustees announced Monday that Clayton S. Rose has been appointed the college’s 15th president in its 221-year history.

Rose, currently a faculty member at Harvard Business School, succeeds Barry Mills, who will step down in June after 14 years as president of the Brunswick college.

Rose was elected president following an eight-month search and unanimous recommendations from both a search committee and the Board of Trustees.

“Clayton Rose is the ideal person to lead Bowdoin into the future,” said Deborah Jensen Barker, chairman of the Board of Trustees. “He is immensely qualified academically, combining a passion for the liberal arts and a dedication to teaching and learning with extensive leadership experience. He’s going to be terrific as Bowdoin’s next president.”

Rose, 56, currently teaches and writes on the responsibilities of leadership and managerial values at Harvard Business School. He earned his undergraduate degree and M.B.A. at the University of Chicago. In 2003, following a highly successful 20-year leadership and management career in finance, he enrolled in the doctoral program in sociology at the University of Pennsylvania to study issues of race in America, earning his master’s degree in 2005 and his Ph.D. in 2007, according to Bowdoin officials.

“Bowdoin is an exceptional liberal arts college, with a rich history, distinct set of values, and a gifted, engaged and devoted group of faculty, students, staff and alumni,” Rose said in a prepared statement. “I am honored and excited by the opportunity to lead this special institution, and (my wife) Julianne and I are very much looking forward to becoming part of the Bowdoin and Brunswick communities.”

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