HARTFORD, CT, May 6, 2013 –
Trinity College today announced plans concerning changes in two
strategic leadership positions. First, the Board of Trustees has
accepted the request of President James F. Jones, Jr., that he be able
to retire as President of the College on June 30, 2014, one year earlier than his original date of June 30, 2015.
“I approached the Board of Trustees to convey
that because the College now has in place a solid plan for the future,
the timing is optimal for me to retire from Trinity one year earlier
than my contract calls for. Several years ago, I had agreed to extend my
term through June of 2015. Now, with the Cornerstone Campaign completed
and much of our work related to our strategic priorities completed or
well under way, I have concluded that I do not need to serve out my
final year as president to ensure a successful transition for the
College. I believe the stage is set for new presidential leadership at
Trinity,” said President Jones.
“Two years ago President Jones generously and
graciously accepted our request to stay three years beyond his original
contract, which ended in 2012,” said Paul E. Raether, Chairman of the
Board of Trustees. “We now feel that his wish to shorten that extended
tenure by one year is in the best interest of the College, and that we
have acted favorably on his wish to retire. President Jones has always
placed Trinity first, and this request from him at this time indicates
once again that the College’s future is his most important priority.”
Second, in anticipation of the end of Paul E.
Raether’s term as Chair of the Board of Trustees on June 30, 2014, the
Board of Trustees has unanimously selected Cornelia Parsons Thornburgh,
Class of 1980, as Chair-Elect of the Board of Trustees. Thornburgh will
take over officially as chair on July 1, 2014.
In announcing these moves, the Board
acknowledged the many significant contributions that President Jones,
Chairman Raether, and Chair-Elect Thornburgh have made to Trinity
College. President Jones began his appointment as its 21st President on
July 1, 2004. He oversaw the multi-million dollar renovation of the Long
Walk whose buildings comprise Trinity’s signature architectural
appearance. He also oversaw the renovation of the Gates Quadrangle, the
Mather dining facilities, and Trinity Commons; guided the College’s
single largest capital campaign in its long history; and oversaw the
expansion of Trinity’s study-abroad programs as well as recognition of
the College by the most distinguished foundations in the country. In
addition to his role as President, Jones also serves as Trinity College
Professor in the Humanities, a tenured appointment he will resign when
he leaves, and teaches in the classroom each fall. Known for his
open-door policy among students, he welcomes individual students into
his office to meet on a variety of topics, and keeps in touch with many
once they graduate and enter the ranks of alumni.
Paul Raether, Class of 1968 and Trinity
parent ’93 ’96, and ’01, joined the Board in 1989 and assumed the
chairmanship in May 2002. He has been the longest–sitting Chair of the
Board in the history of the College. He also has been the most
philanthropic of all alumni at Trinity College. His enduring
contributions to, and affection for, Trinity include the completion of
the Raether Library, the endowment of five Raether faculty chairs,
significant faculty development initiatives, and the Dream Camp summer
program for Hartford children. All of these gifts have been made with
his wife Wendy and their daughters, all three of whom are Trinity
graduates. Raether has also supported key Trinity initiatives
anonymously, serving as a quiet benefactor of many critical endeavors.
Cornelia Parsons Thornburgh joined the Board
of Trustees in 2005. Since then she has been actively involved in every
facet of the Board’s activities. She served as tri-chair of the
Cornerstone Campaign and was National Chair of the Trinity Annual Fund.
She co-chaired the Charter Committee for Building Community at Trinity
and is a founder of the Women’s Leadership Council. She and her husband
Richard provided funding for the creation of four theme houses on
campus, and Thornburgh is currently the liaison to the Board of Trustees
as Trinity implements the new social initiatives unanimously adopted in
October from the Charter Committee’s recommendations. Both Raether and
Thornburgh have been stalwart contributors to, and advocates of, the
Career Development Center at Trinity.
A search committee will be formed for a new
President of the College and will consist of trustees, faculty and
students. In accordance with best practices, Thornburgh, as Chair-Elect
of the Board of Trustees, will head the search committee.