David Olah was installed on Saturday as the 17th president of Barber-Scotia College, which was founded in 1867.
Olah, 64, a past superintendent of North Hills Christian School in Salisbury, is the first white president of the historically black college since 1932, college officials said. He had served as acting president over the summer after the June retirement of Carl Flamer.
Barber-Scotia lost accreditation in 2004 and has struggled to pay off debt. In fall 2007, Olah joined the college to help it regain accreditation.
In recent years, Barber-Scotia has had as few as 15 students. This semester, Barber-Scotia has 46 students, with most of those concentrating on a religious studies curriculum.
“The most important thing is to put the institution back on the road to accreditation, so we can achieve the mission we feel is so important in training and equipping young men and women for service to their community and for lifelong living skills,” Olah said Monday.