TU chief planning retirement

After 13 years, Tiffin University President Paul Marion has announced plans to retire at the end of June.

Marion said one reason behind his decision is that things are going well at TU.

“The best time for a CO to leave a company is when things are strong and stable,” Marion said. “TU has a good board of trustees and vice presidents. I have full confidence that the positive momentum is to continue.”

Another reason is Marion’s 70th birthday in February.

“I believe that the time is right for the university and for my wife, Susan, and me,” he said. “Susan and I have enjoyed our experience in Tiffin and we appreciate the support and friendship that we have received from the trustees and the entire university and local community.”

Marion said he and his wife have plans to move to Tucson, Arizona, where they are planning to build a house.

“My experience at TU has been very rewarding,” Marion said.

He said he will miss the people the most.

“We have a great group of students, administration and trustees,” Marion said. “Me and Susan have really enjoyed living here for the past 13 years.”

“Enhancing the student educational experience” is one of his biggest accomplishments, Marion said.

Other accomplishments during Marion’s tenure include:

TU enrollment increased from 1,500 to more than 4,200 students.

The success of two major fundraising campaigns.

A number of new facilities, including Heminger Center and Murphy Academic Support Center.

New academic programs.

The athletics program became a member of the NCAA Division II and the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference.

“My hope is that TU continues the positive momentum,” he said. “Tiffin University is a strong institution that has a very bright future, and we look forward to keeping up with the university’s continued progress in the future after retirement.”

Claire Johansen, chair of the TU Board of Trustees, said a national search will be conducted to have a new president ready to begin July 1.

She said after the board’s November meeting, trustees are to put together a search committee, including trustees, faculty, administration and students.

“We are going to find the best candidate we can,” Johansen said. “Marion has hard shoes to fill. The board had the utmost confidence in him and we hate to see him leave, but we know there is a time in his life where he is to go and do other things.”

Johansen said she and the board are going to miss Marion’s leadership.

“Marion’s leadership skills are outstanding,” she said. “He had put together a strong team and the university is in the best position it has been in fiscally.

Johansen said they are to look for someone to carry on TU’s success.

“Higher education is constantly changing,” she said. “We want the university to stay in the front line.”