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Dale Knobel to retire as president of Denison University in 2013

Denison University
December 3, 2010
Denison University President Dale T. Knobel announced today at the general faculty meeting that he plans to retire at the end of the 2012-13 academic year. By making an announcement at this early date, Knobel and Denison’s Board of Trustees are able to plan carefully for his retirement and a smooth leadership succession.

President Knobel and the Board of Trustees have agreed to enter into a multi-year contract that will keep Knobel at the helm of one of the nation’s leading liberal arts colleges until the summer of 2013, when he plans to retire after 15 years as president. The three-year timetable ensures Knobel’s leadership at Denison through the completion of three major building projects, totaling nearly $60 million—the renovation and expansion of Ebaugh Chemistry Laboratories and the Mitchell Recreation and Athletics Center, and the conversion of Chamberlain Lodge into an apartment-style residence hall.

With the new contract, Knobel will complete his tenure as Denison’s second-longest serving president in the college’s 182-year history, following only A. Blair Knapp, who held office from 1951 to 1968. Knobel, 61, was named Denison’s 19th president in 1998 and is among the senior university presidents in the nation.

“Denison has experienced extraordinary progress under Dale Knobel’s leadership,” said Thomas Hoaglin, class of 1971 and chair of Denison’s Board of Trustees. “As a Board, we are delighted to be able to retain him as president of the college, and we have expressed our continuing highest confidence in his ability to lead Denison with his trademark energy and enthusiasm. The next three years will be important ones for Denison as we reinforce the college’s academic excellence, refresh our strategic framework, and focus on several exciting building projects, fund-raising, fiscal responsibility, and campus culture. We look forward to achieving more great progress.”

Hoaglin noted that Denison is recognized as a leader in liberal arts higher education. The college attracts outstanding students from across the country and around the world, offering a distinctive education in the natural sciences, humanities, social sciences, and fine arts, and prepares graduates who will make a difference in their communities, their country, and the world. Knobel oversees this endeavor, with an annual budget of approximately $100 million, an enrollment of more than 2,100 students, and 713 employees.

“This is an extraordinary vote of confidence from the Board,” said Knobel, “and I am honored to be of service to this remarkable college. I’ve always said that Denison is a special place on the landscape of higher education—it’s less an ‘institution’ and more a ‘community.’ My wife Tina and I have been made to feel like we are part of a family here on The Hill, in the Village of Granville, and even around the world, through Denison’s 40,000-strong network of alumni and friends of the college. While our thoughts inevitably turn to retirement in a few years, we are both delighted to have been—and to still be—proud members of this extended community.”
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