Stoelinga will succeed Doug Hastad in the position

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Carroll University is making history.

After a months-long search, the private liberal arts college announced Tuesday, Nov. 29, that Sara Ray Stoelinga will take over as president when current president Doug Hastad retires in June 2017.

Stoelinga, a native of St. Paul, Minnesota, will be the first-ever female president of the university in the school's 170-year history. She currently serves as the Sara Liston Spurlark director of the University of Chicago Urban Education Institute, where she has worked for 22 years.

She'll take office as Carroll's 15th president in July 2017, according to a news release.

Stoelinga is the second prominent female hired by the school this year. In August, the Rev. Elizabeth E.P. McCord was named as college's new chaplain. McCord replaced the Rev. Bill Humphreys.

Hastad, who has spent more than a decade at the helm of the university, announced his retirement in May.

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