Presidential transition

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President Harder announces retirement plans

At the June 2017 meeting of the Bluffton University Board of Trustees, board chair Kent Yoder announced that Dr. James M. Harder, Bluffton’s ninth president, has shared plans to retire on June 30, 2018, after serving in the role of president for 12 years. (6/13/2017)
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Search committee

The search committee for the 10th Bluffton University president includes representation from trustees, faculty, staff, student, alumni, select church conferences, the Bluffton community and Mennonite Education Agency (MEA). Cheryl Hacker ’81, vice chair of the Board of Trustees, from Columbus, Ohio, will chair of the committee.  >>>Search committee members   >>>news release   (9/29/2017)

Search committee chair

The board appointed incoming vice chair of the board, Cheryl Hacker, a 1981 Bluffton alumna who serves on the fiscal affairs committee and the Simply Innovate campaign committee, to chair the search committee. Search committee members, comprised of Bluffton trustees, faculty and staff, alumni, students, representatives of the Mennonite Education Agency, Bluffton’s constituent Mennonite church conferences and the local community, will be appointed by the board's executive committee, with the goal of achieving a presidential transition during the summer of 2018.  (6/13/2017)