Miami U. President To Retire

The chairman of Miami University's Board of Trustees says president James Garland made some significant accomplishments and will be missed when he retires June 30, 2006.

Garland said today that he will step down at the end of the school year. He said that the university will have the chance to seek new leadership and new strengths after he completes his tenth year as president.

Board Chairman Fred Wall says one of Garland's major accomplishments was the change in the school's tuition plan two years ago. Wall says the revamped plan gave Miami more flexibility in reaching students of low-income families and minorities.

Garland disclosed his decision in remarks prepared for today's annual State of the University address to faculty, staff and students on the Oxford campus.

Wall says that the board is expected to discuss the appointment of a search committee when it meets September 16th.