ABILENE, Texas -

History was made Thursday at McMurry University when Dr. Sandra Harper was inaugurated as the university’s first female president.

Harper officially took leadership at McMurry last October. She previously worked at Our Lady of the Lake College in Baton Rouge.

She is the first woman to serve as president at an Abilene university. She's also the first not of the same denomination as her institution. She is Catholic, while McMurry is Methodist-affiliated university.