William Paterson University President Kathleen Waldron will retire at the conclusion of the 2017-18 academic year, the Wayne-based college announced Wednesday.
Waldron, the university’s seventh president, will leave June 30, 2018, after eight years in charge of the college. William Paterson said its board of trustees has begun a national search for her replacement.
“I will turn 70 years old in September 2018 and have had the great honor of being an academic administrator for 20 years,” Waldron said in a prepared statement. “The last seven years at William Paterson University have been the best of my career. We have accomplished so much, and I hope that the advances we made tighter are of lasting benefit to the students we serve.”
A report on NJ.com said Waldron’s resignation followed a no confidence vote by the faculty senate, but that she said her retirement was planned before then.
“We have been very lucky to have someone as skilled as Kathy Waldron to be a part of the journey of this institution,” Fred Gruel, chair of the board of trustees, said in a statement. “Her impact on current and future generations of students is laudable and tangible.”
Waldron was named one of the Best 50 Women in Business by NJBIZ in 2013.