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MC President Parker Marden plans to retire in June 2005
National search begins for 14th president

NORTH MANCHESTER, Ind. (Oct. 25, 2003) - Manchester College President Parker G. Marden on Saturday told the Board of Trustees he plans to retire from the college on June 30, 2005, shortly after his 11th anniversary as the college's 13 th president.

But the 65-year-old scholar said he still has much to accomplish in the next 20 months before his successor assumes leadership of the 1,170-student liberal arts college in northeast Indiana. A $52 million fund-raising goal nears fruition, as well as a unique collaboration of the states three peace colleges in an Indianapolis peace studies campus and shared programs.

"I have truly valued my 10 years of service to Manchester College.  But it is not time yet for the college or me to look back, and the next 20 months will be filled with opportunities and challenges," said President Marden.  "I look forward to this time, and to preparing to support my successor."

The Manchester trustees accepted President Marden's notice of retirement Saturday and authorized formation of a search committee, which will recommend a successor by next fall, said Board Chair David A. Haist of Fort Wayne, Ind., executive vice president and chief operating officer of Do it Best Corp. The college will search nationwide for a successor, said Haist, who chaired the search team that brought Marden to Manchester.

Board Vice Chair J. Bentley Peters, senior vice president of Mll Management Group Inc. in Elgin, Ill., will chair the confidential search committee. It will include 13 to 15 members selected by the Board from Manchester College trustees, faculty, staff, administration, students, alumni and the community. 

Haist and the trustees have high praise for President Marden's leadership at the college and among other colleges and universities within Indiana and nationally. "We are privileged to have his service and will celebrate his leadership accomplishments for generations to come," said Haist.

"President Marden always is focused on the college's mission that is centered in faith, learning and service," said Haist.  "He has made an unparalleled contribution to Manchester College since his appointment 10 years ago. Under his leadership, the college has grown in the depth and quality of its faculty, staff and facilities and our students have been the beneficiaries of the highest quality education available from an independent, co-educational college in the liberal arts tradition," said Haist.

"Over President Marden's tenure, Manchester has been recognized as one of the best liberal arts colleges in the nation, has had 15 Fulbright scholars and is repeatedly confirmed by foundations and donors as a college deserving of their investment."

Haist also noted President Marden's advocacy for Manchester College students and higher education:  "He works tirelessly to collaborate with other Church of the Brethren colleges and is in his third year as chair of the 31-member Independent Colleges of Indiana, enhancing progress of Indiana colleges and universities generally.  President Marden is recognized nationally for his contributions to Manchester College and higher education."

Marden has served as president of Manchester College since June 1994, after six years as vice president for academic affairs and dean of Beloit College in Wisconsin. The Massachusetts native has a bachelor's degree in sociology from Bates College in Maine, and a master's and doctorate in sociology from Brown University in Rhode Island, where he served as a sociology research associate for The Center for Aging Research.

Marden has taught sociology since 1966, at Cornell University in Ithaca, N.Y.; Lawrence University in Appleton, Wis.; St. Lawrence University in Canton, N.Y., Beloit College and Manchester College. While at St. Lawrence, he was a finalist for the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education's 1984 U.S. Professor of the Year. He has authored an extensive list of publications in population studies, gerontology, the sociology of the environment, alcoholism studies and higher education.

For more detail about Manchester College and President Parker G. Marden, visit the college's website at or the President's page at , which has links to his bio and several speeches.

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