Rowan University president Donald Farish to step down in 2012
The Philadelphia Inquirer
October 16, 2010
Donald Farish, the Rowan University president credited with leading the state school through a wide range of improvement projects, announced Friday he will step down when his contract expires in 2012.
The disclosure, made at an open campus meeting, came as rumors have been swirling around the Glassboro campus about a growing divide between Farish and the board of trustees. Farish, in his address, acknowledged the rumors but said he was not being forced to resign.
In an interview after the meeting, Farish, who was appointed as the university's sixth president in 1998, said he felt 14 years was a long-enough term.
"It's time for somebody else to come in. I'm not a believer in 'president for life,' " said Farish, who has degrees in law and science.
Of the trustees, he said: "I have not felt I can't work with the board. I have many supporters on the board."
Farish said he would have made his announcement later in the year, but thought the rumors were becoming too distracting. "I needed to get in front of this thing," he said.