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Federal judge to helm Dickinson

HARRISBURG (AP) — The federal judge who outlawed “intelligent design” from being taught in public schools and struck down Pennsylvania’s ban on same-sex marriage will leave the bench to become the president at Dickinson College, the school said Friday.

John E. Jones III, the chief judge of the U.S. Middle District of Pennsylvania, will resign this summer to take a two-year term as interim president of the Carlisle-based Dickinson.

Jones, 65, graduated from Dickinson in 1977 and chairs the school’s board of trustees. Members approached him about serving as the interim president after Margee M. Ensign, the current president, notified them that she would be leaving, he said.

It was a difficult decision to leave the bench, Jones said.

“It took me a couple of days to really get my brain around it and I concluded that it was such an outstanding opportunity that it made perfect sense to do it,” Jones said in an interview.

After serving on the college’s board for almost 13 years and chairing it for four years, Jones said he won’t need a lot of on-the-job training.

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