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Lewis & Clark College president to retire in 2022

Lewis & Clark College's President Wim Wiewel will retire in 2022.
Lewis & Clark College's President Wim Wiewel will retire in 2022.

Lewis and Clark College announced Monday morning that its president, Wim Wiewel, will be retiring.

Wiewel will be stepping down from his position at the end of the upcoming academic year, in July of 2022. He took the helm at Lewis & Clark College in 2017. Before that, he was Portland State University’s president for nine years.

“Serving in this role has been a great privilege and joy,” President Wiewel said in a statement. “Collectively, we have much to celebrate. In the past four years, we have continued to provide an excellent education to our students, conducted important research, and provided much needed services to individuals and organizations in Portland and beyond. And we have put in place what it will take to thrive going forward.”

Lewis and Clark’s Board of Trustees will begin its search for the next president soon, according to a news release from the private college. The board will be working with campus community members across the institution, the college said.

“More than any of us knew, this would be an era of incredible challenges for higher education and society at large. Working with so many across our community, Wim met them with aplomb,” Stephanie Fowler, the college’s board chair, said in a statement. “While Wim’s decision to leave the presidency will be a significant loss, he has more than put the institution on a solid footing for recruiting another dynamic and accomplished leader. In the meantime, we are excited to work with Wim for one more year as president.”

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