A small liberal arts college with a course of study founded firmly on discussions of the Great Books of western civilization will have a collegewide president for two campuses but will still have a president on each campus.

The St. John's College Board of Visitors and Governors approved the change Friday, after a proposal to create one collegewide president alone sparked criticism from some that the plan was shaped without input from them. Critics said that went against the spirit of the college's tradition of inclusive and open discussion.

The collegewide president will be filled by Mark Roosevelt, who is president at the college's Santa Fe, New Mexico, campus. Still, a president will remain in Annapolis, Maryland, to have authority over affairs on his or her campus.