Richard Jewell, president of the Grove City College, said on Tuesday that he will retire at the end of the academic year after 10 years as president.
“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,” Jewell said at Harbison Chapel. “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.”
Jewell helped complete the college’s Change and Commitment campaign in 2006, which raised more than $68 million, and under his leadership the college has has increased enrollment by 10 percent and added several major buildings to its 174-acre campus, according to the college.
Jewell graduated from Grove City College in 1967 with high honors in political science. He then graduated from the University of Michigan school of Law with a Juris Doctorate degree and served with the U.S. Army from 1969 to 1971.
David Rathburn, chairman of the board of trustees, said that the board members are grateful for Jewell’s “strategic leadership of the college.”
“He led Grove City with great integrity, intellect and heart,” he said. “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.”
The board will begin looking for a new president at the upcoming September meeting.