Grove City College President Richard Jewell, who has led the college since 2003, will retire at the end of this school year.
Mr. Jewell, 68, made the announcement at the opening convocation in Harbison Chapel today.
He said, "It is time to pass the baton to the next leader and for me to move on from this place that I love, knowing that together we have made a difference in the lives of our students and graduates. As I have said many times, this has been the opportunity of my lifetime. I look forward to sharing my final academic year with all of you."
A news release stated that his accomplishments include a growth in enrollment of 10 percent and the addition of several major buildings, including a science, technology, engineering and math building that opened this week; a Christian activities building; and Colonial Hall apartments. During his tenure, 39 faculty members were added.
The school's Change and Commitment campaign, which raised more than $68 million, was completed during his years of service. A new capital campaign, called Grove City Matters, has raised $69 million toward its $90 million goal.
In the news release, Board Chairman David Rathburn said, "The board and I are truly grateful for Dick's strategic leadership of the college. He led Grove City with great integrity, intellect and heart. No one has a love for Grove City College greater than Dick Jewell. We wish him years of happiness and success as he transitions to this next phase of his life."
Mr. Jewell is a 1967 Grove City graduate and served for many years on the college's board. He earned a law degree from the University of Michigan.
The board will start a search process next month.
Education writer Eleanor Chute: firstname.lastname@example.org or 412-263-1955. First Published August 27, 2013 12:30 AM