BRONXVILLE, N.Y. – Concordia College President Viji George has announced his intention to resign at the end of the academic year, ending his near four-decade tenure with the institution.
George, who was elected as president in 1999 following 20 years as a professor of psychology at Concordia, will step down from the helm of the college in June next year.
Under George’s watch, revenues and enrollment at the college both swelled dramatically, with each nearly doubling. While he was in charge, the college received some of its largest grants and gifts, added graduate degree programs and the acclaimed nursing program.
When prompted, George said that he thought it was time to turn over Concordia College to different hands as the unprecedented growth continues.
“I believe that Concordia is at a very healthy place,” he said. “It is time for a new president who can continue our journey from success to significance and serve as a bridge builder between the college and its constituencies.”
The Concordia College Board of Regents was made aware of George’s resignation, and has undergone an extensive search for their next president. An announcement regarding George’s successor is expected as early as this week.
“Periodic changes in leadership breathe new vision and direction into the life of an institution,” George said. “After 16 years in my post, I believe that it is time for a transition. Through careful financial stewardship and thoughtful development of our academic programs, the College is well-positioned for a new chapter of leadership.
“Over the years, we have come to rely on God’s favor and the support of friends and alumni. I pray that we can continue to benefit from the same blessings for years to come.”
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