- Intense questioning and criticism of the an enrollment shortage for next fall led St. Mary's College of Maryland President Joseph R. Urgo to ask that his contract not be renewed by the board of trustees.
- The enrollment shortage could cause serious harm to the school's reputation and will likely cost millions in lost tuition, and Urgo told The Washington Post during a late Tuesday phone call that he feels “tremendous personal responsibility” for the shortage and has announced plans to identify and address the causes.
- Board members have not commented on their plans for an interim president or the search for Urgo's successor, but they praised Urgo for raising the college's endowment by close to 30% and said only that he was moving on for "personal and professional reasons."
From the article:
... “I leave with mixed emotions because I have enjoyed my time so much at St. Mary’s College,” Urgo said in a written statement. “Leading St. Mary’s College for the past three years has been a tremendous privilege and a great pleasure. The College’s legislative charge of high academic standards and financial accessibility, while challenging, is an inspirational mission. In parting, I wish my friends and the good people of St. Mary’s the very best.” ...