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Publish date: Dec 8, 2010

Four nominated to join DIII Presidents Council

Four presidents have been nominated to serve four-year terms on the Division III Presidents Council beginning after the 2011 NCAA Convention.

The four nominees to be approved at the Division III business session in San Antonio on Jan. 15 are:

  • Bob Antonucci, Fitchburg State University (Massachusetts State College Athletic Conference)
  • Sharon Herzberger, Whittier College (Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference)
  • Lisa Marsh Ryerson, Wells College (North Eastern Athletic Conference)
  • Charles Edmondson, Alfred University (Empire 8 Conference)

If approved by the membership at the Convention, the four new members will serve terms on the Council through the 2015 Convention.


Bob Antonucci, the president at Fitchburg State since June 2003, is already a member of the Presidents Council. He is completing a replacement term and is thus eligible for reappointment.

Bob Antonucci

Before arriving at Fitchburg State, Antonucci was president of the school group at a Cambridge-based provider of electronic educational software. He has also been president and chief executive officer with Harcourt Learning Direct and Harcourt Higher Education, and chief executive officer of Harcourt eLearning and the California College for Health Sciences. Harcourt was the first online college in Massachusetts granted authority to award bachelor and associate degrees.

Antonucci was for 12 years the superintendent of schools in Falmouth, Mass., serving as the chief executive officer of the town’s K-12 system. He began his career in education in 1967 as a teacher and administrator.

Antonucci holds two degrees from Fitchburg State, and he earned a doctorate in education from Boston University, where he served as an adjunct faculty member from 1994 to 1998.


Sharon Herzberger became Whittier’s 14th president in July 2005. She began her academic career teaching psychology at Northwestern University before moving to Trinity College in 1980.

Sharon Herzberger

By the time she left to join Whittier, she had served as department chair, special assistant to the president for affirmative action, associate vice president for the college’s campaign, vice president for student services, and vice president for institutional planning and administration.

She founded the Consortium on High Achievement and Success and served as chair. Herzberger has authored numerous articles and co-authored two books in social psychology. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Pennsylvania State University and master’s and doctoral degrees from the University of Illinois, Champaign.


Lisa Marsh Ryerson has served as president of Wells College since 1995. She is the 17th and first alumna president of Wells.

Lisa Marsh Ryerson

Nationally recognized for her progressive views on higher education and community partnerships, Ryerson speaks and writes about the benefits of inclusive coeducation, gender equality in education and society, women in leadership, and business-education partnerships, among other topics.

In February 2010, Ryerson announced the addition of an innovative new business center to the college’s liberal arts offerings. The center will focus on teaching business in a manner that stresses interdisciplinary and experiential learning. 

Ryerson currently is one of two presidents serving on the Division III Management Council. She earned her bachelor’s degree from Wells and her master of science in education degree from the State University of New York at Cortland.


Charles Edmondson became the 13th president of Alfred in July 2000 after serving as vice president for academic affairs and provost at Rollins College for seven years.

Charles Edmondson

Edmondson’s administrative positions at Rollins included associate provost (1992-93), dean of the Hamilton Holt School (evening programs for adult students, 1991-93) and director of college planning (1988-90). He joined the faculty at Rollins in 1970 as an assistant professor of history, and was made a full professor in 1981. His research has focused on Soviet history.

Edmondson was a visiting professor at Wuhan University, Wuchang, Hubei Province, People’s Republic of China, in 1983. In 1989 and 1990, he was director of a National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Seminar for School Teachers, and participated in the Fulbright Seminars Abroad Program in its Seminar on Korean Culture and History in Seoul, Korea, in 1987. He has also received numerous awards for distinguished teaching.

After earning his Ph.D., Edmondson continued his education at the Newberry Library Institute for Family and Community History and at the Harvard Institute for Educational Management.