At the conclusion of his annual State of the University address, President Jake B. Schrum announced that he will retire from Southwestern effective June 30, 2013.
President Schrum has led Southwestern through important and challenging times. He has been a tireless advocate for undergraduate liberal arts education at the local, regional and national levels. Among many important accomplishments during his tenure, President Schrum led the largest fundraising campaign in Southwestern’s history: this campaign has raised $136 million of the $150 million goal. Under his leadership, Southwestern emphasized sustainability, increased the number of students from underrepresented groups, enhanced student life on campus, and started Paideia.
The service of President Schrum and his wife, Jane, will be celebrated throughout the 2012-2013 academic year. You will be informed as plans develop.
The Board of Trustees will begin the search for the next President in early September. Bob Karr ’71, chair of the Southwestern University Board of Trustees will lead the Search Committee that will include representatives of the Board of Trustees, faculty, students, staff and alumni. Following a national search, the Search Committee will recommend a candidate to the Board of Trustees which will select and appoint the next President. The Board intends to appoint the new President by June 30, 2013. The Executive Committee of the Board of Trustees has selected consultants from the higher education search firm, AGB Search, to assist us in this important initiative.