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Rose-Hulman President Steps Down

Wednesday, November 07, 2018
Rose-Hulman Campus Entrance

The Executive Committee of the Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology Board of Trustees has accepted President Jim Conwell’s resignation, effective Nov. 15.

The Executive Committee of the Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology Board of Trustees has accepted President Jim Conwell’s resignation, effective Nov. 15. This was a mutual decision based on board concerns and President Conwell’s need to focus on a family health issue that is requiring more of his time and attention.

“Jim has moved this institution forward—we have a beautiful new student union, additional land on which to grow, and a new academic building in the works,” said Rose-Hulman Board Chair Niles Noblitt. “We wish him well.”

The Board’s Executive Committee has appointed Senior Vice President Rob Coons to serve as acting president until the full Board can meet later this month to discuss a leadership transition plan.

“Rob has stepped into this leadership role in the past during times of sudden change,” Noblitt said. “He will provide continuity and direction. The Board is very appreciative of his willingness to serve.”

Noblitt noted that all of the institute’s current initiatives, including the Mission Driven campaign, are moving full speed ahead under Coons and Vice President Steve Brady’s leadership. “The Mission Driven campaign started before Jim arrived at Rose-Hulman and is in very capable hands going forward.” 

He added, “The campaign has real energy, and the Board has every confidence that Rob and Steve will continue to keep that momentum going.”