Roanoke College President Announces Plan to Resign

SALEM, Va.-Dr. Sabine O'Hara will resign from her position as the 10th president of Roanoke College effective June 30 of this year. She has served as Roanoke's president since 2004 and announced her plans to the campus community in a meeting early Friday afternoon.

During her tenure, Dr. O'Hara led the college through a successful strategic planning process that established a distinctive focus on integrative learning, introduced an undergraduate research assistant program, initiated construction projects and programs to implement Roanoke's new strategic goals, and laid the groundwork for the college's next capital campaign.

"I came to Roanoke to accomplish these key objectives," Dr. O'Hara said, "and now that I have accomplished them, it is time for someone else to lead the college through the implementation of the identified initiatives and goals." She said she is looking forward to the chance to explore other opportunities.

Dr. O'Hara is well known in the Roanoke region and beyond for her expertise in sustainable economic development and global education and has been serving on a number of regional, statewide and national boards.

During Dr. O'Hara's tenure as president, Roanoke College experienced record enrollment and extended its consecutive streak of balanced financial operations to 52 years. Four new residence halls have been constructed and two academic buildings have been renovated. An artificial turf athletic field with a 1,000-seat stadium is currently under construction to be completed later this spring.

Robert Wortmann, chairman of the Roanoke College Board of Trustees, said, "I thank Dr. O'Hara for her service. I will work with her to assure a smooth transition in leadership for the college." The Board of Trustees is expected to appoint an interim president effective July 1 of this year at its upcoming spring board meeting. A formal search process, chaired by Wortmann, will be established to identify Roanoke College's next president.

Roanoke College, the country's second oldest Lutheran-related college, is an independent, co-educational, four-year liberal arts college. Roanoke is one of just 276 colleges nationwide with a chapter of Phi Beta Kappa, the nation's oldest and most prestigious honor society. The Princeton Review names Roanoke as one of the "best in the Southeast." Roanoke's 1,900 students represent 41 states across the U.S. and 25 foreign countries.

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