This morning around nine the campus community received an email titled “Special Announcement from President Glenn F. McConnell,” which contained the information of President McConnell’s retirement. He prefaced the email by mentioning the 250th anniversary of the founding of the College coming up in 2020, with his contract expiring prior. He said, “I, therefore, suggested we should plan for a transition to a new president who could take the College forward uninterrupted into the 250th celebration and beyond. Thus, I further notified the Board of Trustees that I would retire as president of the College as early as this summer to pave the way for a successful transition to a new president.”
In his decision, he stated that his, “age and health played a significant role in this decision,” and that, “I did not come to this decision lightly, but I know in my heart that it is the right thing to do.”
After the student body received the original email, a follow-up email was sent out from the Board of Trustees stating the next steps of the College’s future.
David Hay, the Chair of the Board of Trustees stated, “As trustees, we see firsthand Glenn’s dedication to this institution, and it saddens all of us that his tenure at his alma mater is coming to a close.”
Hay continued by informing the student body that, “the Board of Trustees will work tirelessly to find the right person to lead our university and to carry forward our high standards. Tomorrow, the Board of Trustees will meet to discuss next steps. After consultation of the full board, we will announce a transition plan to the campus community.”
On Jan. 30, David Hay released a follow-up statement to the student body, announcing that Trustee Renee Romberger has been appointed the chair of the Presidential Search Committee. Renee, an alumna of the College, has served on various boards and “is a longtime volunteer leader at the College.”
Hay stated that, “[Romberger] will do an excellent job of ensuring that this process is inclusive and transparent.” Other members of the Presidential Search Committee will be appointed in the coming weeks.
In addition, the initial search process will consist of a series of sessions that will consider campus community input. The services of a recruitment firm will be utilized, and the specific firm will be determined by the board.
Updates to come as story progresses