Elizabethtown College President Carl J. Strikwerda has announced his retirement, effective June 30, 2019, after two four-year terms. The college announced on Monday, Feb. 12, that its Board of Trustees will oversee a search for his successor beginning immediately.
While Strikwerda has been at the helm, Elizabethtown College has raised almost $50 million for its Be More Inspired capital campaign. It has expanded the graduate programs and grant funding and joined the Landmark Athletic Conference and the American Talent Initiative. The latter commits to increase the number of transfer students by 400 percent by 2021.
E-town also has seen new initiatives such as Prestigious Scholarships, the Four-Year Graduation Guarantee, the President’s Promise of Affordability, a Summer Creative Arts and Research Program, Signature Learning Experiences and the Social Enterprise Institute and has made significant improvements to the campus through the Gibble Auditorium, Bollman Fabrication Laboratory, Hess Archives, High Library, Thompson Gym, The Young Center and Nicarry Hall.
New majors, minors, concentrations and endorsements have been introduced during Strikwerda’s time in office including concentrations in civil and biomedical engineering and new majors in data science and chemistry laboratory sciences. There are plans to add a physician’s assistant program and a doctorate program in occupational therapy.
Most recently, the college broke ground on the $24.5 million Bowers Center for Sports, Fitness and Well-Being.
A search committee will be assembled in the months ahead with input from faculty, staff, students, alumni and members of the local business community.
Strikwerda and his wife, Gail, plan to move to Washington, D.C.