Celeste to leave Colorado College next year

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Colorado College President Dick Celeste announced today that he will leave his post after the 2011 spring semester.

At that time he will have served for nine years.

Celeste

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The Colorado College Board of Trustees said it will form a search committee to seek a successor.

During his tenure, Celeste is credited with:

• The addition of 20 tenure-track faculty positions
• The increase in the size of the applicant pool, from 3,533 in 2003 to 4,455 in 2010
• Improved student retention and graduation rate
• An increase in selectivity, with 55.9 percent of applicants accepted in 2003 to 33.3 percent accepted in 2010
• Major renovations of campus buildings, including Palmer Hall, Cossitt Hall and Packard Hall
• Construction of the interdisciplinary Edith Kinney Gaylord Cornerstone Arts Center
• Significant historic preservation renovations, including Arthur House, Cossitt Hall, Cutler hall, Jackson House, Lennox House and Spencer Center