Baker University president announces 2014 retirement

BALDWIN CITY, Kan. - The president of Baker University has announced she will retire next year.

Pat Long, who has held the position since July of 2006, plans to retire June 30, 2014, the Baker University Board of Trustees announced Friday.

"Being president of Baker University during the past seven years has been my highest privilege and blessing," Long said in a news release. "I believe when I retire in 16 months we will have seen my primary goals fulfilled, and the institution will be in a wonderful place to usher in the next era of leadership."

Long is the university's first female president. During her tenure, she oversaw many projects at the campus, including the opening of the New Living Center, a $6.3 million residence hall in Baldwin City. She also championed a fundraising campaign for the $11.3 million Ivan L. Bowd Center for Collaborative Science Education, the largest capital project in the university's history, according to the news release.

The school's board of trustees will start their search for Long's successor soon.

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