Chowan president to retire on May 31
December 20 2002 by Tony W. Cartledge , BR Editor

Chowan president to retire on May 31 | Friday, Dec. 20, 2002

Friday, Dec. 20, 2002

Chowan president to retire on May 31

By Tony W. Cartledge BR Editor

MURPHREESBORO - Stanley G. Lott, president of Chowan College, has announced that he will leave the post May 31, fulfilling a three-year contract that was renewed in 2000.

Lott, who was 60 when he came to Chowan in 1996, said he felt at the time that five to seven years of service would be a reasonable goal. "By the end of this school year, I will be almost halfway through my 68th year," the veteran of 36 years in Christian higher education told the college trustees on Dec. 12. "I have no doubt about this being the right time for me.

"Being at Chowan has been an exciting and challenging way to finish my career," Lott said. "I am confident that we have taken the steps necessary to ensure a strong future for the college."

Chowan has faced financial difficulties in recent years as anticipated enrollment increases and financial projections failed to materialize after the school transitioned from a two-year to a four-year program in 1992, and the stock market downturn left the school with no added income to fall back on. Chowan's board of trustees announced a fiscal emergency on Aug. 12, along with plans to cut seven support staff positions and lay off seven professors after the school year. Employee benefits are to be reduced Jan. 1, and all staff members making more than $20,000 are to receive a 5 percent pay cut beginning with the new fiscal year on June 1.

In the next six months, Lott said, "My staff and I will continue to work hard to strengthen and improve this institution. There is yet a lot to be done, even in those areas where we have made improvements. We will continue to do what we have been doing to build a strong and stable foundation for this worthy institution."

Wayne Wike, executive director of the Baptist State Convention (BSC) Council on Christian Higher Education, said he regretted Lott's impending departure. "Stan certainly is to be commended for his leadership at Chowan and his commitment to the Baptist State Convention," he said. Wike noted that Lott has worked intentionally to strengthen ties between Chowan and the BSC.

Chowan has lost two other senior administrators this year. Vint Tilson, a 20-year veteran who was vice president for development, left last summer to take a similar position at Wingate University. Steve Everhart, Chowan's provost, has announced plans to relocate to Wilmington at the end of the current semester.

Lott plans to retire in or near Pineville, La., where he served for 16 years as vice president for academic affairs at Louisiana College prior to his tenure at Chowan. Earlier, he served for 13 years as professor of sociology and religion at Tift College, a Baptist college for women in Forsyth, Ga.

With Lott's retirement announcement, three of the five colleges and universities that remain affiliated with the Baptist State Convention face leadership transitions. Max Lennon resigned in January as president of Mars Hill College, and faculty member Dan Lunsford was named interim president. Gardner-Webb University president Chris White stepped down Oct. 25 in the wake of controversy over an incident involving the way a student athlete's grades were averaged. Frank Campbell, recently retired president of Averett College in Virginia, is now serving as interim president.

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