Goodwin to leave St. Scholastica in 2016 after 18 years as president

Saturday, April 23, 2016

College of St. Scholastica President Larry Goodwin announced Wednesday that he will retire  at the end of the next school year after 18 years as the school's leader.

Goodwin, 68, said he struggled with the decision but felt it was the right time to move on to the next chapter in his life and hand the school's reins to a new leader with new ideas.

“I’ll be 70 years year old,” at that time, said Goodwin, fighting back tears. “Seventy sounds like it’s getting up there.”

When he leaves, Goodwin will be the longest-serving president in the history of the college, which opened in 1912. He called his tenure “the greatest calling of my life.”

Under Goodwin the college more than doubled its enrollment, from 2,040 in 1998 to 4,350 this year; doubled its annual budget to $73 million; increased its endowment from $15 million to $70 million; and added $50 million in new buildings.

Goodwin also headed the college as it expanded from 49 to 64 programs and expanded to include satellite campuses in St. Paul, St. Cloud and Rochester as well as Arizona. The college also increased its athletic programs, from 12 to 25.

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