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13. Paul S. Trible Jr.

Updated: May 6, 2011 - 2:55 pm

Posted: May 6, 2011

For 15 years, Paul S. Trible Jr., president of Christopher Newport University, has transformed the school into one of the top competitive universities in the U.S.

"CNU has taken its place in the ranks of the most popular and selective schools in America, and our students bring intellectual fire power and great energy and enthusiasm to our campus," Trible said. "In its rankings of America's best colleges, U.S. News and World Report has named CNU one of the nation's 'schools to watch' for making the 'most promising and innovative changes in academics, faculty, students, campus and facilities.'

"Recently Forbes published its national rankings of the best colleges for minorities in science, technology, engineering and math - the STEM disciplines. Forbes ranks CNU #4 among all public and private institutions in the nation," he said.

Over the last decade, CNU has experienced a dramatic transformation, with applications exploding by 700 percent and development of new facilities.

"CNU has completed over $600 million in capital construction and has built a beautiful campus with world-class facilities," Trible said.

"Leadership is all about great dreams and communicating values and vision," he said. "We are in the business of dramatic transformation and everything we do will be at the highest levels of excellence."

CNU aspires to be one of the top liberal arts universities in the nation.

Trible was a U.S. senator from Virginia from 1983 to 1989 and in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1977 to 1983.

Following his term in the Senate, he was a teaching fellow at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.

He earned his bachelor of arts degree from Hampden-Sydney College and his law degree from Washington and Lee University.

He served as commonwealth's attorney of Essex County from 1974 to 1976. He was a member of the United States delegation to the United Nations in 1988.