Press release from Warren Wilson College:
Steven L. Solnick is stepping down from his post as Warren Wilson College’s seventh president to become the newest leader of The Calhoun School, an independent day school in New York City. Solnick, who assumed the presidency in July of 2012, will remain with the College until June 30, 2017.
“This decision was difficult for me because I believe deeply in the mission and values of Warren Wilson College, and I know it has a bright future,” Solnick wrote to campus community members. “I am grateful to the Board of Trustees for the trust it placed in me and the unwavering support it has shown since my arrival. I am also grateful to the exceptionally talented members of the College’s Cabinet for their dedication and support, to each and every one of the faculty and staff for all they do for the College and its students, and to the students whose intellect, talent and dedication to Warren Wilson’s core values inspire us all.”
While mixed emotions set the tone for his transition, Solnick said his new role presents a rare opportunity to live and work in the New York City area closer to family. He also noted his enthusiasm for Calhoun’s mission and core values, which are similar to those found at Warren Wilson College.
In addition to Solnick’s letter, William “Bill” Christy, chairman of the Board of Trustees and a 1979 graduate, addressed the campus via email.
“On behalf of the Board of Trustees, I want to thank Steve Solnick for his 4+ years of service as president of Warren Wilson College,” Christy wrote. “Steve has displayed intellect, vision and leadership during his tenure. As our president, he has helped the College and the Board to focus on academic excellence, expand our applied learning model, refinance the debt of the College and redeploy our endowment in alignment with our core values. In addition, he has led the formulation of the new strategic plan which the Board believes is a roadmap for future sustainability of the College.”
The College’s next president is expected to be in place by July 1, 2017. In the coming weeks, a recruitment firm will begin working with a campus-based committee led by Lach Zemp, a member of the Warren Wilson College Board of Trustees, to launch a national search.
For more information about Solnick’s announcement, visit http://avl.mx/32v.