President Osgood announces plans to step down in 2010
Statement from Board of Trustees Chair
The Grinnell College Board of Trustees accepts President Russell Osgood's decision to step down from his leadership position on July 31, 2010. We greatly appreciate the enormous contributions President Osgood has made to Grinnell over the past 11 years. He is an extraordinarily talented and effective leader, whose integrity, strategic management skills, commitment to academic excellence and collegial style have advanced the College as one of the nation's pre-eminent liberal arts institutions.
Among Grinnell's accomplishments during President Osgood's leadership were the establishment of the Expanding Knowledge Initiative, a program that facilitates interdisciplinary study; a master facilities planning process, which led to $260 million in new buildings on campus; a proactive recruitment effort that has broadened diversity within the faculty and student body; and enhanced financial aid policies to reduce substantially the debt-load of our students and assure the College's long-standing commitment to eliminating financial barriers of access for qualified students.
By beginning this discussion last October and now advising us of his decision more than a year in advance, President Osgood has given Grinnell the opportunity to conduct a comprehensive, thoughtful, inclusive search for a successor who will capably build on the significant achievements of the past 11 years. We look forward to President Osgood's continued leadership during the coming transitional year and to his ongoing relationship with Grinnell after he relinquishes the presidency in July 2010.
David White '90
Chair, Board of Trustees