At the helm of Christopher Newport University is President Paul S. Trible Jr.

Under Trible's leadership, Christopher Newport University has become a university of choice for high-ability students from throughout Virginia and beyond. Since his appointment as University President on Jan. 2, 1996, applications have risen by more than 700 percent, the average SAT of entering freshmen has increased by 240 points and the campus has been transformed by nearly $1 billion in capital construction.

Trible has overseen significant improvements in the academic programs offered at CNU and is committed to providing a high-quality liberal arts education that stimulates intellectual inquiry and fosters social and civic engagement. His visionary leadership has moved CNU into the ranks of the finest preeminent liberal arts colleges in the nation.

Since his first day as President, Trible has made himself accessible to students, faculty and the local community. His office's open door policy invites all students to bring their stories of success and their concerns directly to him. To express his unrivaled passion for CNU academics and athletics, Trible frequently converses with students around campus and cheers on CNU’s sports teams from the bleachers.

Trible earned his bachelor of arts degree from Hampden-Sydney College and his law degree from Washington and Lee University. He served as a commonwealth's attorney of Essex County from 1974 to 1976. He represented the commonwealth of Virginia in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1977 to 1983 and in the U.S. Senate from 1983 to 1989. 

He was a member of the United States Delegation to the United Nations in 1988 and a teaching fellow at the Institute of Politics, John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University in 1989.

He is married to Rosemary Dunaway Trible and has two children, Mary Katherine Trible Peters and Paul S. Trible III.

The University is also led by a Board of Visitors.

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