Letter from the President

John Byrd, Simpson College President

President John Byrd

It has been said that all good things must come to an end, and such is the case with my time as President of Simpson College. This morning I informed the Board Affairs Committee of my plans to retire at the conclusion of the upcoming 2012-2013 academic year. I tentatively made my plans known to the board’s chair, Fred Hubbell, several months ago and we mutually agreed that an announcement shortly before the end of this academic year would allow for a search committee to be organized before faculty and students move on to summer responsibilities. Mr. Hubbell will be communicating with the campus community directly about the search process.

In thinking about when to retire and, more importantly, about the right timing for Simpson, I concluded that with a number of projects coming to fruition it was the right time for a transition in leadership. By the end of the next academic year we will have completed the Kent Campus Center – and with a little luck – development of a much-improved fitness facility and a new activities quad (formerly known as C Street) will be well under way. With a great new curriculum, an expanded Blank Performing Arts Center, and an updated Pfeiffer Dining Hall, Simpson’s next president will have the opportunity to start fresh and pursue the next round of strategic initiatives that will continue to move Simpson forward. In short, it seemed to me that this is the right time to make way for new leadership.

There will be time later for me to communicate how I feel about all of you and the great privilege it has been to serve as your president. Nancy and I feel genuinely blessed to have been given the opportunity to be a part of this wonderful community and we look forward to the next fourteen months as we all work together in completing a number of important initiatives that will pave the way for Simpson’s 23rd president.

John Byrd
April 10, 2012