Dr. Elizabeth "Beth" L. Paul is the 16th president of Capital University in Columbus, Ohio. Prior to her appointment in July 2016, she served seven years as the senior academic officer at Stetson University in Central Florida. In addition to her role as Stetson’s provost and executive vice president, Paul was a tenured professor of psychology. She was vice provost and professor of psychology at The College of New Jersey from 1992-2009, where she also held positions as interim provost and vice president for Academic Affairs, and interim vice president for Student Life. Her academic experience includes faculty positions at The College of New Jersey and Wellesley College, and as a research associate at Harvard University. Paul is well known as a strategist, consultant and leader of community-engaged learning, undergraduate research and institutional planning. She has held national leadership roles in key higher education initiatives, serving as past president of the Council on Undergraduate Research, as a board member of the National Association of College and Business Officers, and task force chair of the Council of Independent Colleges. Paul holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology and a doctorate in personality psychology, both from Boston University.