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Wabash keeping all-male tradition

– Wabash College has no plans to change its all-male tradition of 181 years by starting to admit women, the Indiana institution’s new president said.

Gregory Hess, who was inaugurated this month as president of the 900-student private liberal arts college in Crawfordsville, said Wabash expects to remain one of three all-male colleges left in the country.

Hess told the Journal & Courier that stance isn’t meant to limit the opportunities for women in higher education, pointing out that he has a daughter in college and another who is a high school senior.

“College participation rates, particularly for liberal arts colleges, are significantly lower for men. Completion rates, too,” he said. “The same is true for high school. Wabash is the type of institution that is specifically designed to counteract these social trends.”

Hess replaced Patrick White, who stepped down after six years as president.