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President Crouch announces retirement

By CAITLIN KNOX
Features Editor 
 

he Georgetonian/EVAN HARRELL
Dean of Students Todd Gambill spoke with students and other staff members on Tues- day, Oct. 2, 2012 about the announcement and the College’s next steps.

On Tuesday, Oct. 2 at 3 p.m., President Crouch announced that he will be retiring after this school year. He first announced his decision during a President’s Cabinet meeting, and later that day students, faculty and alumni received an email that included a statement from Crouch. In a brief letter, he expressed that after 21 years he was ready to let someone else have a chance at the presidency, saying, “I believe it is time to usher in a new leader,” a statement that came as a surprise to many on campus, including some of those in offices closest to the president.

Following the president’s announcement, Todd Gambill offered to meet with students from 5-6 p.m. that evening in the Hall of Fame Room. He and executive cabinet member H.K. Kingkade, along with other administrative staff, were there to help answer any questions.

During the question-and-answer session, both Gambill and Kingkade encouraged students to reflect on how far Georgetown College has come since Dr. Crouch arrived in 1991. Things like the Diversity Initiative, the Bush Fitness Center, the Ensor LRC, the Oxford Honors program and the new townhouses did not exist before he arrived. GC Dean and Provost Dr. Rosemary Allen stated that the president “has supported extraordinary strengthening of the academic program. Since 1993, the size of the faculty has risen by over 40 full-time positions, which is a huge commitment of resources to support of faculty. The result is equally effective support of students: when Dr. Crouch arrived, the college’s graduation rate was 48 percent; it is now 68 percent. This institution owes a debt of gratitude to Dr. Crouch for that focus on academic excellence.”

Todd Gambill and H.K. Kingkade encourage students to contact them with any ques- tions that they may have, and to send Dr. Crouch a note of appreciation for his 21 years of service to our institution.