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Rhodes College hires first female President

MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- A packed news conference had everyone waiting on the naming of the new Rhodes College President.

"The Board of Trustees has chosen as the 20th President of Rhodes College, the President of Austin College in Texas, Dr. Marjorie Hass," a trustee announced.

The selection marks Rhodes College's first female president.

"God put the icing on the cake from a long history of male presidents, we have a female president. It shows that Rhodes is starting to be kind of progressive," said freshman Cody West.

Dr. Majorie Hass was selected from 100 candidates.

Right now she is President of Austin College in Sherman, Texas.

"I was drawn to Rhodes certainly because of its reputation for academic excellence, its ambition to serve as a national model for liberal arts and civic engagement," said Hass.

Students said the  selection speaks volumes.

"I am excited we have selected a female President to try and move the liberal arts vision forward," said Sophomore Jordan Hulseberg.

President Hass said one of the main things that attracted her to Rhodes was the work the school is already doing with the City.

"I certainly have experience in connecting colleges and communities and I look forward to bringing that experience together with what Rhodes has already begun to accomplish," said Hass.

Faculty members believe Hass brings plenty to the table.

"Her proven success at Liberal Arts College like Rhodes who hold the values we hold was really attractive to us," said Rhodes Associate Professor Loretta Jackson-Hayes.

"I am grateful for the warm welcome we have received not just from the Rhodes Community, but the Memphis community," said Hass.

"I think she is in it for the long haul and I hope our community is with her," said the Vice-President of the Rhodes Student Government Association.

Marjorie Hass begins her role as president July 1, 2017.