William Anderson, chairman of the Board of Trustees of Rochester College, has announced the beginning of a national search to secure a qualified, experienced and visionary president for the college. The target date for announcing the presidential selection is late Spring 2013, with his or her service to begin in Fall 2013.

At the January 2012 meeting of the Board of Trustees, Dr. Rubel Shelly requested the board initiate a presidential search that would allow him to step away from the president’s role as early as Sept. 1, 2013.

Shelly assumed the role of interim president in Spring 2008, and, at the board’s request, has continued to serve as president during a challenging period of transition in the college’s history. “Dr. Shelly’s tenure has not only witnessed a solidifying of the financial footings of Rochester College but, through his leadership, the college has achieved significant academic and enrollment milestones,” Anderson said.

Under Shelly’s leadership, Rochester College has increased its enrollment from 850 students to just over 1,200 at the start of the 2012-13 academic year. During the same period, the college established a School of Nursing in collaboration with Crittenton Hospital and Medical Center. The School of Nursing has achieved Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education accreditation.

Additionally, Shelly has overseen the reorganization of academic programming into an integrated learning model and secured exceptional faculty and staff.

“These academic achievements, coupled with a disciplined financial approach, have built a strong foundation on which Rochester College will continue to serve students in the Great Lakes and Midwest Region of the United States,” Anderson said. “The Board of Trustees expresses great appreciation for the contribution Dr. Shelly has made and will continue to make to Rochester College.”

Concurrent with this announcement of Shelly’s intention, the Board of Trustees is initiating its national search for the next president of Rochester College. Upon the successful completion of the search, Shelly will be asked to assume responsibilities as chancellor of the college, to oversee the transition of leadership, and to return to his most cherished roles of teacher-author within the college community.

Persons who wish to be considered for the presidential appointment should submit a letter of interest and complete curriculum vitae to Presidential Search Committee, Rochester College, 800 W. Avon Road, Rochester Hills, MI 48307.