Ferrum names Yale dean as its new president
A Yale University dean has been named the next president of Ferrum College.
Joseph Carson Spooner will assume his new role on Aug. 1. He currently is dean of Jonathan Edwards College at Yale.
The appointment follows a national search for a successor to Jennifer L. Braaten who plans to retire after 14 years as president of the school.
A first-generation college student from a small family farm in north Florida, Spooner received his bachelor’s degree from Yale in 1991, his master’s degree from Florida State University in 1995, and his doctorate in history from the University of Edinburgh in 2013.
Before becoming a dean at Yale, Spooner held teaching and administrative positions at Chipola College, Florida State, Williams College and the University of Edinburgh.
Founded in 1913, Ferrum College is a four-year, private, co-educational, liberal arts college related to the United Methodist Church.
The college had 1,310 full-time students last fall, according to the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia.