Guilford College President Dr. Kent Chabotar Retiring In June 2014

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Greensboro, NC -- Friday, a Triad university president announced his retirement.

Dr. Kent Chabotar who started at Guilford College in 2002 said he will step down June 30, 2014.

Chabotar released this statement about his decision to step down: "The Bible says that to every thing there is a season,"  "This is the season and time for me to do something else after twelve years in a job I have loved doing almost everyday and in almost every way."

The media relations department at Guilford College provided information about Chabotar's retirment and history at the school:

After stepping down as president, Kent, who is a professor of political science and has taught a course at the College almost every year of his presidency, plans to take a yearlong sabbatical and then teach at Guilford.

He arrived at the College at a time of multi-million dollar budget deficits, shrinking endowment and significant deferred maintenance. "When the floundering ship neared the rocks, he guided us to calmer waters," said Dana Professor of English Carolyn Beard Whitlow, who was clerk of the faculty in 2002.

During his tenure the College has changed dramatically:
-- Enrollment increased 36 percent from 1,801 in 2002 to 2,462 in 2012.
-- Guilford invested $32 million in campus improvements, while reducing its overall debt. Founders Hall, Duke Hall and Archdale Hall underwent major renovations; the South Apartments were built; and athletic facilities were improved.
-- The Advancing Excellence capital campaign, which runs through June 30, 2014, has raised $52.2 million toward its $60 million goal. In his initial months at Guilford, Kent also finished the previous Our Time in History campaign that raised $56.4 million.
-- Guilford's endowment grew by $21.3 million, from $41.6 million in September 2002 to $62.9 million at the end of December 2012, an increase of more than 50 percent.
-- The College adopted two strategic plans: Creative Leadership for the 21st Century 2005-2010 that focused on the academic program, diversity, spirituality and Quaker heritage, and stewardship; and Outcomes of a Guilford Education 2011-2016 that centers on educational outcomes, international education, assessment and marketing.
-- In 2007, the College's accreditation was reaffirmed by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) with no recommendations for improvement. The College's interim five-year report in 2012 also received no recommendations for improvement, a highly unusual double achievement.
-- Although already having an unusually diverse student body, faculty and staff for a liberal arts college, Guilford adopted its Diversity Plan in 2009.
-- The College completed an evaluation and prioritization of academic programs in January 2011. A comparable assessment of administrative programs and services began in fall 2011.
-- The number of intercollegiate athletic teams rose from 12 to 20.
-- Kent pioneered very transparent and participatory decision-making that featured faculty-led budget committees, open office hours for administrators, and routine publication of college facts and trends. To enhance financial literacy, he taught "Finance 101" for staff and students that used management cases to analyze financial health including at Guilford College.
-- Sustainability has been enhanced by energy-saving "green" construction and programs, installation of solar panels to supply 9,000 gallons of hot water daily, and the establishment of the Guilford Farm, among many other initiatives.

Kent earned a political science magna cum laude from Saint Francis University in Pennsylvania, and an M.P.A. with distinction and a Ph.D. in public administration from the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University.
"Between now and 2014, we have goals to accomplish, students to educate, a capital campaign to complete, a strategic plan to implement, budgets to prepare, administrative services to deliver, and a ninth president to recruit," Kent said in today's announcement.

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*Information for this story provided by Dan Nonte, Associate Director for Communications and Marketing for Guilford College.

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