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Meet President Paul

On July 1, 2016, Dr. Elizabeth "Beth" L. Paul became the 16th president of Capital University, having served the last seven years as the senior academic officer at Stetson University in Central Florida.

As a national leader in higher education, Paul's many accomplishments include redesigning financial and data infrastructure to support data-driven decision-making; introducing multiyear budgeting and planning models, and strategic enrollment management; growing diversity and inclusiveness; strengthening academic programs and university marketing strategy; and championing organizational culture change to connect and unite everyone to one university mission.

When she arrived on campus, President Paul immediately recognized the importance of Capital's place in Columbus. Capital is a private university partner in innovation, ideas and learning approaches that extend beyond established boundaries to build capacity, tackle social challenges, and improve lives through higher education.


Connecting. With Purpose.
April 17-22, 2017

Monday, April 17
Partnering. With Purpose.
4:00 - 7:00 p.m. Community Block Party
First English Lutheran Church, 1015 E. Main St., Columbus, OH 43205

Tuesday, April 18
Uniting. With Purpose.
11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. CapFam Lunch on the Plaza:
We All Contribute; We All Belong
Rain location: The Capital Center Field House

7:00 p.m. Symposium on Undergraduate Scholarship
Keynote Panel Discussion, Huntington Recital Hall

Wednesday, April 19
Learning. With Purpose.
10:00 a.m. Honors Convocation, Mees Hall

Noon CapFam Lunch in the Capital Center Field House

11:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Undergraduate poster
presentations and research projects, The Capital
Center and other locations on campus

Learn more about the 2017 Research Symposium

Thursday, April 20
Mobilizing. With Purpose.
3:30 - 5:00 p.m. Showcase of Community-Engaged Learning
Inauguration keynote and panel with speaker:
Robert (Bobby) Hackett, President, The Corella and
Bertram F. Bonner Foundation, Convergent Media Center

5:00 - 6:00 p.m. Reception

Friday, April 21
Leading. With Purpose.
Inauguration of Dr. Elizabeth L. Paul as
the 16th President of Capital University
9:00 a.m. Inaugural Worship Service, Trinity Lutheran Seminary
with the Rev. Dr. Rick Barger preaching
Gloria Dei Worship Center, 2199 E. Main St., Bexley, OH 43209

12:30 p.m. Inaugural Ceremony, The Capital Center Performance Arena

2:30 - 4:30 p.m. Inaugural Reception, The Capital Center Field House

8:00 p.m. Chapel Choir Concert
Open to the Public
Mees Hall, Conservatory of Music

Saturday, April 22
Creating. With Purpose.
2:30 p.m. Capital University Symphonic Winds: Concert on the Green
Mees Hall lawn. Rain location: Mees Hall

1:00 - 5:00 p.m. Student Art Exhibition: Multimedia
Schumacher Gallery, Blackmore Library, Fourth Floor

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2017 Alumni Weekend
Events run April 20 through April 23
View the schedule and register

Overnight Accommodations

Near the Airport
Columbus Airport Marriott
1375 North Cassady Avenue
Columbus, Ohio 43219
Rate: $99 (through March 21)

Embassy Suites Columbus-Airport
2886 Airport Drive
Columbus, Ohio 43219
Rate: $139 (through March 27)
Reserve Room

Downtown Columbus
The Westin Columbus
310 S. High Street
Columbus, Ohio 43215
Rate: $159 (through March 21)
Reserve Room

*Please mention Capital University's Presidential Inauguration when making reservations to obtain the special group rate.




President Paul at the CapFam Lunch on the Plaza President Paul playing cornhole at the CapFam Lunch on the PlazaPresident Paul at the Community Block Party


President Paul at the Community Block PartyPresident Paul hearing a student poster presentationPresident Paul by the fountains with a student