Winthrop University President Dr. Anthony J. DiGiorgio says he will retire at the end of the 2012-13 academic year.
DiGiorgio,one of the longest-serving public university presidents in America, will have been at Winthrop 24 years before retirement.
“It will be time that Gale and I find out what life is like outside the academic calendar,” DiGiorgio told the faculty and staff today.
According to a school press release, the timing of their decision was made easier because “the economy seems to be rebounding from the 2008 Great Recession now, and state funding seems to be stabilizing, albeit at a much lower level.
“Initiating the process now gives everyone time for a careful search and a smooth transition,” DiGiorgio said.
The Winthrop Board of Trustees has already announced its plans to establish a search committee by April 13, with a new president to be selected in spring of 2013.
Board Chairman Dalton Floyd said the announcement was “emotional for all of us…It’s hard to imagine anyone else in the president’s chair.”