SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WGGB) – The leader of Springfield College has announced his retirement.
Richard Flynn, the President of Springfield College, informed the school’s Board of Trustees over the weekend that he intends to retire on August 31, 2013.
“My time at Springfield College has truly been a labor of love and the highlight of my professional career. I am deeply grateful to the trustees, faculty, staff, students, alumni and others who have shared this incredible journey with me. Together we have stayed true to the college’s long-standing mission of educating students in spirit, mind, and body for leadership in service to others,” Flynn says in a statement.
Flynn was tapped as the college’s 12th president in March 1999. He had actually discussed retiring in 2011, but decided to remain at the helm to tackle several key projects that were ongoing at the time.
Chair of the Board of Trustees Douglass Coupe notes, “As it turned out, the subsequent 2011 tornado and October snow storm both caused significant damage to the campus and we were thankful that Dick Flynn was at the helm. The Board of Trustees has been most appreciative of Dick’s vision and leadership through these challenging times. His presence will be sorely missed. We are pleased that Dick has agreed to work with us to assure a smooth transition.”
The Board of Trustees will soon choose a search firm and search committee soon to help determine Flynn’s replacement. They hope to have a new president in place for the beginning of the Fall 2013 semester.