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Robert A. Walton Announced as Chief Executive Officer for Claremont University Consortium

The election of Robert A. Walton as Chief Executive Officer for Claremont University Consortium was announced today by Robert E. Gipson, Chairman of the CUC Board of Overseers. Mr. Walton will assume the position July 1, 2007. Claremont University Consortium (CUC) is the central coordinating institution of The Claremont Colleges, of which Pomona College is the founding member.

Robert Walton has been Vice President for Finance and Business at The College of Wooster, in Wooster, Ohio, since 1999. At Wooster, he oversees an annual operating budget of $90 million and is responsible for managing all non-academic services and functions, including auxiliary operations, information technology, human resources, contract management, and management of the College’s endowment. During Mr. Walton’s term as Vice President, more than $92M in capital projects were initiated or completed, including renovation and new construction. In addition, Bob has served as the College’s representative to key collaborative efforts, including the Operating Committee of the Ohio Five Colleges, Inc. [Wooster, Kenyon, Ohio Wesleyan, Oberlin, and Denison].

Previous to Wooster, Mr. Walton served as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer at Innovative Interfaces, Inc., a leading supplier of information technology to university and government markets, for whom he opened and managed offices in the United Kingdom, Sweden, Spain, and Taiwan. He has also worked for the Texas State Library and Archives Commission as a librarian and director of the Data Processing and Technology Center, and concurrently served as an adjunct faculty member at the University of Texas at Austin, Graduate School of Library and Information Science.

Mr. Walton has both Bachelor of Science and Master of Library and Information Science degrees from the University of Texas at Austin. Mr. Walton presently serves on several corporate boards, including iPost Corporation, the Seaman Corporation, and Abbott Capital Private Equity Investments, Inc. He is an elected member of the Wooster City School Board, and is a former chairman of the Wooster Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors.

Reg Gipson, Chairman of the CUC Board of Overseers, in announcing Mr. Walton’s election, stated, “The CUC Board of Overseers is unanimous in their support of Mr. Walton. All agree he brings a combination of experience and talents to provide exceptional leadership for CUC in the years ahead.”

Brenda Barham Hill will continue to serve as CEO of CUC through January 31, 2007. Arrangements for interim executive leadership through June 2007 will be announced later this month. Mr. Gipson added his appreciation for the excellent leadership provided by Dr. Hill during her six years of leadership of CUC during a crucial period in its development.

Claremont University Consortium (CUC) is the central coordinating institution of The Claremont Colleges. As such, CUC provides common services for the internationally renowned cluster of two graduate and five undergraduate colleges serving more than 6,000 students. The consortium offers the expansive physical facilities and wide selection of courses, faculty, student services and extracurricular activities of a university, and the personalized education of small private colleges. The Consortium includes Pomona College (established in 1887), Claremont Graduate University (1925), Scripps College (1926), Claremont McKenna College (1946), Harvey Mudd College (1955), Pitzer College (1963), and the Keck Graduate Institute of Applied Life Science (1997) and Claremont University Consortium (1925).