The president of Manchester University will retire at the end of the academic year, the university announced Monday. Dave McFadden, himself a Manchester graduate, has led the university since 2014.
McFadden has held multiple roles at Manchester, including associate professor of political science, vice president of enrollment, executive vice president and dean of the College of Pharmacy.
The university cited McFadden’s accomplishments during his time as president, including the Starting Fast Forward program to allow students to earn a four-year degree in three years, and establishing new health science programs in pharmacogenomics, nutrition and nutrigenomics, nursing, and a Doctor of Physical Therapy degree.
“Closing in on 30 years working at Manchester and nine as president, I am proud of what we have been able to accomplish together and how we are poised for the future,” McFadden told faculty and staff in an email.
John Gilmore, chair of the Manchester University Board of Trustees, said in a statement Monday that the board will announce the process for selecting McFadden’s successor in the near future.
“A search committee will be formed and will be chaired by Dave Haist, a current trustee of the University and former chair of its Board of Trustees,” Gilmore said. “Input from members of the Manchester community will be sought in a variety of ways during the search.”
McFadden’s last day at Manchester will be June 30, 2023.