Jill Leauber Marsteller ’78 , P’18, a proud Ursinus College alumna and passionate champion for the liberal arts, became interim president of Ursinus on September 1, 2021. She is the college’s 18th president and the first woman to lead our 152-year-old institution.
“Ursinus is a highly esteemed institution of higher learning that has a historic legacy of approaching the liberal arts in a distinctive and meaningful way. I’m grateful to have the opportunity to guide a wonderful community of learners during this transition period.”
Ursinus Board Chair Rob Wonderling P’16 reported the news in a campus announcement, drawing attention to Marsteller’s lifelong commitments to education and service as hallmarks of her distinguished career. Marsteller earned her bachelor’s degree from Ursinus, graduating cum laude with honors in English in 1978, and her master’s degree from Villanova University. She began her professional career at Ursinus in 1984 as an adjunct lecturer before pursuing a different path in philanthropy and external relations. She served in several transformative leadership roles at Lehigh University, Haverford College, Cedar Crest College, and Fox Chase Cancer Center in Philadelphia before ultimately returning to her alma mater.
An interim president search task force, chaired by Trustee Cathy Geczik ’84, led the process over the past month. “Jill embodies a deep commitment to the mission, values, and inclusive nature of Ursinus College,” Geczik said. “And she has the unique perspective and experience of being a student, faculty and staff member, senior administrator, and parent. From those different lenses she will be able to authentically reflect the values of the college today and strongly advocate for its future.”