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Shepherd University President David Dunlop announces retirement

ISSUED: 14 September 2006
MEDIA CONTACT: Valerie Owens
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(Shepherd University President David Dunlop announces retirement)

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Shepherdstown, WV--Dr. David L. Dunlop, president of Shepherd University, announced Thursday to the Board of Governors that he will retire at the end of this academic year. Dunlop came to Shepherd in 1996, after having served for 22 years at the University of Pittsburgh's Johnstown campus, most recently as vice president for academic affairs.

During his decade-long tenure at Shepherd, Dunlop has managed an enrollment increase of 34 percent while improving the academic credentials of incoming freshmen. Dunlop has overseen capital construction projects totaling nearly $100 million, much of which was funded by federal allocations designated by Senator Robert C. Byrd. Dunlop led the initiative to obtain university status and the name of the institution was changed from Shepherd College to Shepherd University in 2004 by an act of the West Virginia Legislature.

Under President Dunlop's leadership, Shepherd began offering graduate degree programs in school teacher preparation, music, college student development and administration, and business. During the Dunlop administration, the music department and business department each obtained national accreditation, the teacher education program regained full accreditation, and the nationally recognized Robert C. Byrd Center for Legislative Studies was established at Shepherd. Shepherd University quickly responded to the Legislature's decision to separate component community colleges from their host institutions, creating what is now the independent Blue Ridge Community and Technical College.

"My years at Shepherd have been very rewarding, and living in the Eastern Panhandle is wonderful," said Dunlop. "The people whom I've met have enriched my life. However, with a bit of luck, we all reach a point where we have an opportunity to pursue activities and interests into the next phase of our lives. I am now at that point."

Shepherd University Board of Governors Chair John Sherwood commented, "Shepherd University has been fortunate to have Dr. Dunlop at the helm over the past decade. The University has experienced the most successful period in its history under Dave's leadership. We will miss him very much and we wish him well in his retirement."

A national search will soon begin for Dunlop's replacement and it is anticipated that the new President will take office sometime next summer. The Board is developing a formal process for the search and input from the University community and the general public will be solicited.

-30-OWENS

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