|St. Aug’s president announces retirement|
|Published Friday, January 25, 2019|
Saint Augustine’s president Everett B. Ward announced Thursday afternoon that he is retiring after five years. Ward made the announcement during a board of trustees’ executive session.
Ward, who became the 11th president and only the third alumnus to lead the university, said in his remarks that he will be concluding his position effective July 24, 2019.
“It’s now time for the Saint Augustine’s Renaissance to continue with a new chapter. I’m extremely grateful for the commitment exemplified by our students, staff, faculty and alumni. Together, along with friends of the university, we conquered significant challenges with our eyes on the prize,” he said.
Under Ward’s leadership, SAU has achieved several goals. Most recently, the university was removed from probationary status by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges Accreditation Agency in December. Along the way, donor support increased from $1 million in 2014 to $2.9 million in 2018.
Student Body president Alston DeVega says he’s grateful for Ward’s vision and dedication to the university. “I’m immensely grateful to have had Dr. Ward as we did,” DeVega said. “He brought life back to the university while getting us off probation. Our institution will never see another leader with the same expertise and poise as Dr. Ward’s has exemplified.”
The Raleigh native told board members that he was also proud of the university’s efforts in attracting some of the best and brightest young minds to the university.
“Given the accomplishment of these goals, now is the time for me to transition the leadership of Saint Augustine’s to the next president. We’re at a critical point in the history of our university, and I know that now is the time to transition to an even more exciting chapter in the life of our institution,” he said.
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