Carlow University president Mary Hines announced publicly today she will retire July 31.
When Ms. Hines took the job in 2005, she was the first layperson to be named president of the Catholic university. She announced her impending departure in her annual state of the university address.
"The university is well positioned to allow me to move on to a new phase in my life," she said in a press release issued today.
She has spent 55 years in education, 43 of which were in Maryland and Pennsylvania.
"At the end of this five-year extension of my current contract, I will retire to return to the family that has made significant sacrifices to support my leadership in higher education over these many years," she said.
She is a New York City native who headed Penn State University's Wilkes-Barre campus from 1997 until she came to Carlow.
The news release noted that during her tenure Carlow's community visibility increased, the market value of its endowment increased by six times, graduate school enrollment more than doubled and the size of the full-time faculty doubled.
"Mary Hines has been an exceptional leader at a pivotal time in the life of Carlow University," George Pry, chairman of the university's board of trustees, said in the press release. "Her vision and dedication to the Mercy mission have guided the institution forward as it transitioned from college to university status.
"She has fostered the growth of Carlow's uniquely collaborative style in education, while ensuring that the University is effectively positioned for continued success -- a proud legacy, indeed."
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