Central Methodist University's Marianne Inman To Retire
Dr. Marianne Inman, the president of Central Methodist University for the past 17 years, has announced plans to retire effective June 30, 2013.
Her departure will mark the close of one of the brightest chapters in the nearly 160-year history of the University, noted CMU Board of Trustees Chair Glenn Cox of Bartlesville, Okla. Cox said the board will determine its search process in the coming weeks.
The accomplishments of Central Methodist under Inman's leadership are many and substantial. Some of the highlights since she joined the institution in July 1995 include:
- A nearly fivefold increase in student enrollment, to almost 5,300 last fall
- Completion of three capital campaigns, netting the University nearly $50 million
- A near tripling of the University endowment, to $31 million
- Growth in CMU operating revenues from $8.5 million when she arrived, to more than $26 million this past year
- Campus improvements totaling in excess of $50 million
One of the milestones for which Inman is particularly proud is that CMU will this year award over a thousand college degrees for the first time in its history. Another is the expansion of CMU academic programming to sites across the state, many in partnership with Missouri community colleges and other organizations.
"The opportunity to work with an outstanding Board of Trustees and a first-rate faculty and staff in service to Central Methodist University has been the high point of my career as an educator. I feel privileged to have been part of this institution of opportunity for students all around our state. The timing of this decision seems appropriate in that we are completing one major campus project (the restoration of historic Classic Hall) this year, and CMU will require continuity in leadership over the next number of years in order to implement the highest priority recommendations from our recently concluded master plan," said Dr. Inman.
Inman and her husband, David, plan to relocate to Georgetown, Texas next summer.
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