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Oberlin announces Cedar Crest's Ambar as new president

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    Carmen Twillie Ambar speaks at her announcement as the next president of Oberlin College on May 30.



OBERLIN — Oberlin College looked to Pennsyvlania to find its 15th president.

Carmen Twillie Ambar, currently the president of Cedar Crest College in Allentown, was announced as the new president Tuesday morning. She succeeds Marvin Krislov, who announced his departure in September and will become the president of Pace University.

Ambar, the first African-American president in the college’s 184-year history, has served as president at Cedar Crest since 2008. Prior to that, she was vice president and dean of Douglass College at Rutgers University. Prior to that, she was assistant dean of graduate education at the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University. She has a law degree from Columbia University, and served as assistant corporation counsel for the New York City Law Department.

A native of Little Rock, Ark., Ambar earned a bachelor’s degree in foreign service at Georgetown University, and a master’s in public affairs at Princeton. Her husband, Saladin Malik Ambar, is an associate professor of political science at the Eagleton Institute of Politcs at Rutgers. Ambar is the mother of 10-year-old triplets, Gabrielle, Luke, and Daniel.

Read more in tomorrow’s Chronicle.

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