The Pine Mountain Settlement School Board of Trustees announced the appointment of Miriam Pride as interim executive-director effective March 31.
Pride recently retired as president of Blackburn College in Carlinville, Ill., after 22 years of service in that position which she entered after two years of service as assistant to her predecessor.
Prior to going to Blackburn, she worked 16 years at Berea College in a variety of roles, including director of campus activities and manager of the college’s Boone Tavern Hotel.
Blackburn and Berea have the distinction of being two of seven colleges in the United States with a student work program.
Pride is a graduate of Wooster College with a degree in English and secondary education and holds an master’s degree in business administration from the University of Kentucky.
While at Blackburn, she served for a time on the board of directors of the Association of Presbyterian Colleges and Universities and also on the NCAA’s Presidents’ Council.
In 2013, she received the Lee McKinney Distinguished Service Award from the St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference.
She brings her own special connection to Pine Mountain as her mother, Martha Pride, served on the board of trustees for more than 20 years, taking special interest in the school’s community outreach.
The board issued a statement welcoming Pride to the school, adding they look forward to the leadership she will provide for the Pine Mountain.