- Associated Press - Monday, February 24, 2014

NORTON, Mass. (AP) - The Wheaton College trustees have selected Dennis Hanno as the school’s eighth president.

Trustees Chairman Thomas Hollister announced Monday that Hanno, currently the provost and senior vice president at Babson College, will take over July 15.

Hollister says Hanno was selected based on his record “as an energetic, creative and accomplished leader in higher education,” including his commitment to, and accomplishments in, promoting the study of the liberal arts.

Hanno said in a statement that “Wheaton College is grounded in values that have inspired my life’s work.”

Hanno replaces Ronald Crutcher, who is stepping down after a decade at the helm.

Hanno is a native of Glenfield, N.Y, with degrees from Notre Dame, Western New England College and the University of Massachusetts-Amherst.

Wheaton, located in Norton, has about 1,600 students.