The Board of Governors of the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education has selected Kenneth Long to serve as the fourteenth president of East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania. Long has served as interim president since July 2020 and is the first African American to lead the institution.
East Stroudsburg University, in the northeast corner of Pennsylvania, enrolls just over 4,300 undergraduate students and about 800 graduate students, according to the most recent data available from the U.S. Department of Education. African Americans make up 19 percent of the student body.
Before being named interim president in 2020, Long had served as the university’s vice president of administration and finance and chief financial officer since 2013. Earlier, he served for five years as assistant vice president of administration and finance at Kutztown University in Pennsylvania.
“It is a tremendous honor to be chosen to lead East Stroudsburg University as president,” Long said. “Having been part of the Warrior Community for the past nine years, I am humbled by the opportunity to build on the university’s 129-year history of providing affordable post-secondary education in the region. I look forward to continue working with faculty, students, staff, administrators, alumni, and the local community in advancing the mission of ESU, and for the university to continue contributing to the growth and prosperity of the region and commonwealth.”
Long earned a bachelor’s degree in math and political science from Drew University in Madison, New Jersey. He holds an MBA from Monmouth University in West Long Branch, New Jersey.