Dr. Karen M. Scolforo has resigned her post as president of Central Penn College, according to a statement issued Friday from the school.
The four-year institution, based in Summerdale in East Pennsboro Township, said Scolforo was leaving for personal reasons. She was listed earlier this month as one of four finalists for the presidency at Castleton University in Vermont, according to reports in Vermont newspapers.
During the transition, Central Penn’s Vice President for Academic Affairs Linda Fedrizzi-Williams, along with Chief Financial Officer Richard Varmecky, will fulfill the president’s duties as interim co-presidents. Carol W. Spigner, a member of the college’s board of directors, will also serve as the college’s executive director on the board’s behalf.
Central Penn had an enrollment of 1,440 students in 2016. In a Sentinel interview last year, Scolforo said the college was concentrating on career-specific degrees instead of liberal arts, and had achieved an 85 percent in-field placement rate. Central Penn has also reduced its ratio of online students, she said, bringing more students onto campus and building additional housing.