EUREKA — Jamel Santa Cruze Wright is no longer interim president at Eureka College. The college introduced her Tuesday as the 27th president of the 163-year-old institution.

“Dr. Wright has exhibited the leadership necessary to lead Eureka College,” Bill King, chairman of the college’s board of trustees, said in a press release. “She made the position over the past 12 months, working to improve the college while reaching out to build relationships with new partners. Her vision and approach to the future will make Eureka College a better place and her appointment aligns with the college’s mission and vision for success.”

Wright was appointed interim president July 1, 2016. She joined the college in 2014 as special assistant to the president and later became vice president for strategic and diversity initiatives.

During her year as interim president, Wright introduced The Uniquely Eureka Advantage, which offers a four-year tuition freeze and a commitment to helping incoming freshmen of 2017 graduate in four years. Students who follow guidelines and requirements but don’t graduate in four years can attend a fifth year tuition free.

New students are also eligible for a $2,000 Experiential Learning Grant, which can be used for internships, research, conferences or study abroad programs.

The appointment seals Wright’s position in a select, but growing, club in higher education leadership. She is the first woman and first African-American to lead the college.

About 8 percent of college presidents were black in 2016, up from 6 percent in 2011, according to the 2016 American College President Study, a study of demographics and attitudes of college and university presidents released every five years by the American Council on Education.

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