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Detroit — Marygrove College has named the former president of a New Hampshire university as the Detroit school's interim president.

James F. Birge, who was president of Franklin Pierce University for six years, will take the reins at Marygrove July 15.

Marygrove's previous president, David Fike, resigned in May after nine years to become president of Golden Gate University in San Francisco. At the time, college officials said they planned to hire an interim president while searching for Fike's permanent replacement.

Marygrove board chairwoman Kay Benesh said Birge was chosen because "he brings educational and administrative experience that will serve Marygrove well in the coming months."

Benesh said the board plans a national search for a permanent president.

Before his tenure at Franklin Pierce, Birge was interim president of Wheeling Jesuit University in Wheeling, West Virginia, for one year, and executive vice president for four years.

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