Grove City College President Richard G. Jewell ’67, J.D., announced his retirement this morning at the College’s 138th Opening Convocation in Harbison Chapel. Jewell will step down at the end of this academic year.
In making the announcement to the campus community, President Jewell said, “It is time to pass the baton to the next leader and for me to move on from this place that I love, knowing that together we have made a difference in the lives of our students and graduates. As I have said many times, this has been the opportunity of my lifetime. I look forward to sharing my final academic year with all of you.”
Jewell was chosen as the College’s eighth president in August 2003. Under his leadership the college has increased enrollment by 10 percent and added several major buildings to its 174-acre campus. Among the building projects is the new 63,000-square-foot science, technology, engineering and mathematics building (STEM Hall), which opened for classes this week. Other major projects completed during President Jewell’s term in office include a Christian activities building (Rathburn Hall) and Colonial Hall apartments. He also oversaw renovations and expansions of the Carnegie Alumni Center and two dining facilities. In addition, during Jewell’s presidency, a total of 39 new faculty members were added to assist in expanding the number of academic programs and the overall pedagogy of the College.
Jewell completed the College’s Change and Commitment campaign in 2006, raising more than $68 million on a goal of $60 million. The College is currently engaged in the Grove City Matters capital campaign, which has raised more than $69 million, or 77% of its $90 million goal.
Chairman of the Board of Trustees, David R. Rathburn ’79 said, “The board and I are truly grateful for Dick’s strategic leadership of the College. He led Grove City with great integrity, intellect and heart. No one has a love for Grove City College greater than Dick Jewell. We wish him years of happiness and success as he transitions to this next phase of his life.”
Dick Jewell graduated from the College in 1967 with high honors in political science. He went on to earn a Juris Doctorate degree from the University of Michigan School of Law and served in the United States Army from 1969-1971.
Jewell also served for many years as a trustee of Grove City College. He was the youngest trustee ever in the history of the College. On Sept. 15, he will celebrate the 50th anniversary of his first day as a student there.
The Board of Trustees has announced that they will begin a search process at their September meeting.