Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Education Digest

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Education Digest

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FONTBONNE UNIVERSITY -- Leader to depart: Michael Pressimone will step down as president of Fontbonne University at the end of the 2019-2020 school year, the university has announced.

A news release cited Pressimone's desire to be closer to family as the reason for his departure after six years at the university's helm.

"It has been my privilege and honor to serve Fontbonne University and I am thankful for the many individuals who have entrusted me in this role," Pressimone said in a statement. "As president, I have strived to be an inspirational and faithful leader during challenging times in the world of higher education. I wish nothing but the best for the future of the university."

Dennis Gipson, chairman of the school's Board of Trustees, will take on the role of interim chief operating officer and help with the search for a new leader. Gipson is the former president and CEO of Hussmann International/Ingersoll Rand Ltd.

Pressimone's departure is the sixth recently from the top post at local colleges, following Mark Wrighton at Washington University, Tom George at University of Missouri-St. Louis, Dwaun Warmack of Harris-Stowe State University and Michael Shonrock of Lindenwood University. James Dennis of McKendree University in Lebanon also announced he will retire after the 2019-2020 school year.

LADUE SCHOOL DISTRICT -- Soccer star honored: The district's main soccer field will be named the Becky Sauerbrunn Soccer Field after the graduate who recently helped the U.S. win the women's World Cup in France.

After graduating from Ladue Horton Watkins High School in 2003, Sauerbrunn started her professional soccer career in Boston. She went on to win an Olympic gold medal in 2012 and two World Cup championships with the women's national team. She currently plays for the Utah Royals.

Sauerbrunn, 34, has also worked for pay equity for women soccer players, filing a complaint along with four of her teammates with the Equal Opportunity Employment Commission against the U. …

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