WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 31, 2012
Former pitcher Cost to be introduced as new JU president
Former JU baseball player Tim Cost, a 1981 JU alumnus, will be introduced as the school’s new president at a ceremony Thursday at the Terry Concert Hall on campus.
Cost, who pitched with the Dolphins from 1978-81, threw a no-hit game when he accomplished the feat on March 25, 1978 against Akron. JU won the game, 16-0. For his career, Cost had a .668 winning percentage.
In addition to his JU sports background, Cost has a passion for the school’s academic mission, a keen interest in attracting new investors and skill at forging new community relationships, was selected by the Board of Trustees Oct. 26, as JU’s next president. Effective July 1, 2013, he will succeed JU President Kerry Romesburg, who has announced his retirement after a 45-year higher-education career.
A presidential search firm received applications since May from more than 80 candidates, from which JU’s Presidential Search Committee narrowed the field.
A consultant for PepsiCo whose most recent position with the company was Executive Vice President, Cost has several decades’ experience in top-level corporate positions. A JU Trustee since 2009, he has chaired JU committees on enrollment and retention, and development. In addition to his PepsiCo background, he brings more than 30 years’ senior executive experience at top companies such as Bristol-Myers Squibb, Kodak, ARAMARK, Wyeth and Pharmacia.
Thursday's event will offer a chance to ask questions of Cost, as well as learn more about his background and objectives as he guides JU in a new era of growth.
“Working closely with the faculty and staff at the University, it will be an honor to serve," Cost said. "Our objective is clear: to constantly improve the student experience and enhance our students’ success.”