Monday, September 19, 2016

bc_2016_president_david_swintonColumbia, SC -- Dr. David H. Swinton, who in 23 years as President of Benedict College fostered the schools steady rise in stature while projecting his own powerful influence on national issues, announced today his decision to retire after 23 years of service effective June 30, 2017. Dr. Swinton’s 23 years of service makes him the longest serving president in the history of Benedict College.

The Board of Trustees thanks Dr. Swinton for his dedication, visionary leadership, and long service to the College. In recognition of his years of distinguished service, the Trustees have named Dr. Swinton, President Emeritus. At a later date, in recognition of his retirement, we will honor Dr. Swinton’s many achievements and will keep you informed of our plans.

Over the past few months, the Board of Trustees and Dr. Swinton have collaborated on a strategic review of the College’s succession plan and have identified internal successors for key leadership positions. We feel strongly that we have the talent within the Institution to ensure that the College will remain strong and viable as we transition from Dr. Swinton’s leadership.

The Board of Trustees is also in the process of hiring an executive search firm to assist us in our search to find a successor to Dr. Swinton who will have the experience and skills to lead the College over the coming years. We will also keep you posted on our selection of a search committee that will consist of members of the Board of Trustees, faculty, staff, students, alumni, supporters, and friends of the College.

"On behalf of the Benedict College Board of Trustees, we congratulate Dr. Swinton on his dedication during his 23 years of service and his transformational leadership of Benedict College," expressed Dr. Charlie Johnson, Chairman of the Benedict College Board of Trustees.

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Contacts:
Kymm Hunter, Assistant Vice President for Communications and Marketing; 803.705.4519 hunterk@benedict.edu
Carolyn Wigfall, Communications and Marketing Manager; 803.705.4366 wigfallc@benedict.edu

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