Christopher Howard

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It's hard to imagine Robert Morris University finding a better individual to fill the school's vacant presidency than Christopher Howard. The Air Force Academy and Harvard Business School graduate and Rhodes Scholar is a decorated veteran of the war in Afghanistan. In 2011, President Obama named him to the National Security Education Program Board. Howard spoke to Essential Pittsburgh’s Paul Guggenheimer from Waco, Texas and shared his plans for the future of the university.

Robert Morris University is getting a new president from Virginia.

Trustees have announced Christopher Howard will become the school's eighth president Feb. 1. He has served as president of Hampden-Sydney College in Virginia since 2009.