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January 2010 Issue

Gordon College President to Step Down

Gordon College President to Step Down

Dr. Lawrence Weill, president of Gordon College since April 2002, announced in January that he will step down from the presidency at the end of the academic year.

Weill plans to take a year to renew his studies and then return to Gordon College as faculty member in the field of philosophy. He will leave his position sometime between the end of classes in May and the beginning of the fiscal year which starts July 1.

His plans to return to the classroom will continue a lifelong dream, he said. ”I wanted to be a college professor when I was a child, although I did not know any professors or even exactly what professors do,” he said. “Some of my colleagues at the presidential level will perhaps see this as a step downward. I do not.”

During Weill’s tenure, Gordon has moved from two-year to state college status and has added three baccalaureate-level programs – early childhood education, nursing and biology. Four new residence halls were constructed, the student center and bookstore were enlarged and construction has begun on a state-of the art Nursing and Allied Health Building. Enrollment has increased by 50 percent and a Student Success Center was developed.

The Kentucky native came to Gordon College from Hopkinsville Community College in Hopkinsville, Ky., where he served as dean of academic affairs. He had also served as a member of the college’s humanities faculty since 1993.

Weill has published numerous papers on topics such as student advisement, peer tutoring and the arts. He most recently published the book, “Out In Front: The College President as the Face of the Institution.”

“A dynamic institution needs to embrace change every so often,” Weill said. “I believe college presidents can serve a great deal by stepping aside at the right moment and letting someone new, with a different vision and a different style take over. That kind of growth is healthy and will ensure the college continues to advance.”

The Board of Regents will conduct a national search for the next president of Gordon College.

Posted by john.vanchella@usg.edu on January 23, 2010
Published in: On Campus, Presidents

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