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Wilson College president Lorna Duphiney Edmundson to retire

The Herald-Mail
May 25, 2010
Lorna Duphiney Edmundson, president of Wilson College, has announced her plans to retire next year, effective June 30, 2011, marking 10 years as Wilson’s president and four decades in higher- education leadership, the school said in a news release.

Edmundson is Wilson’s 21st president.

In accepting her announcement on behalf of the Board of Trustees, board Chairwoman Trudi Warner Blair, a 1976 Wilson graduate, expressed gratitude for Edmundson’s “tireless commitment to the college’s cherished goals and traditions.”

“This is a moment of both pride and sadness for the college — pride in all that has been accomplished during her presidency, and sadness in the departure of such an inspiring leader and devoted friend,” Blair said.

“It is a deep honor to serve as Wilson’s president, and I know I will miss this community of remarkable faculty, staff, alumnae and students, but I believe it is the right time for me to retire from full-time higher-education leadership,” Edmundson said.

Edmundson said she still finds work at Wilson “immensely rewarding,” but is eager to pursue other opportunities that include integrating previous work as a Fulbright Research Scholar in Japan with her growing professional interests in the Middle East, North Africa and China; devoting more time to several boards and organizations on which she already serves, particularly the Educational Scholarship Committee of the New York and International Women’s Forums; and spending more time with her husband, daughters, son-in-law and grandchildren.

With the announcement of her retirement, Edmundson leaves Wilson with a legacy of innovation and growth. During Edmundson’s tenure, she led Wilson in completing and implementing its first comprehensive strategic plan that resulted in:

- Greatly strengthening the college’s financial situation by doubling the endowment, diversifying investments, developing additional revenue streams, creating operational efficiencies, and establishing a successful grants and foundations program.

- Launching the Leading with Confidence campaign that has already yielded $42 million toward the $45 million goal.

- Improving national rankings and public visibility of the college, including recognition for nine consecutive years by U.S. News & World Report in its “America’s Best Colleges” issue as a “Top Tier” and “Best Value” college and in 2009, Wilson ranked seventh in the North among colleges offering bachelor’s degrees.
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