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|Knox College President Roger Taylor to Resign
|Knox College president Roger Taylor says he never expected he would run a college, let alone his alma mater, but now he's about to give that up after almost a decade.
A formal announcement was made Tuesday morning. But Monday night, the former attorney confirmed he's stepping down either when the college finds another administrator, or through the next academic year.
Taylor says he told the Board of Trustees, faculty, staff, and students Monday, while some board members knew beforehand.
Taylor tells WGIL he sees now as the perfect time for the college to essentially start anew for a number of reasons.
"The college just finished its 10-year re-accreditation process and will be re-accredited by the Higher Learning Commission for another 10 years," Taylor said. "And, the college is starting another strategic planning process, planning for the next 10 years. The Knox trustees are meeting for a retreat in Chicago on April 30th and May 1 to plan for the future."
What's more, he says the 2011-2012 academic year will be the 175th anniversary for Knox, which Taylor says couldn't be a better time for a new president to come in.
The Fulton County native graduated from Knox in 1963, was named interim president in 2001, and was named permanent president in 2002. He retired form a Chicago law firm in 1999.
His wife, Anne, also a Knox alum, is pro bono counsel for the college. The two, Taylor says, want to spend more time with family.
(Knox College president Roger Taylor, left, introduces U.S. Rep. Peter Roskam during a visit the Republican made to Knox in February. Roskam's parents graduated from Knox. WGIL News Story and File Photo by Will Stevenson.)
|04 06 10 by Newsroom
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