Miami President David Hodge to retire in 2016 after completing 10 years as president

David Hodge

David Hodge

Miami University President David Hodge announced to university trustees May 1 that he will retire June 30, 2016, completing 10 years of service to Miami and 42 years as faculty and an administrator in higher education, including at the University of Washington, McMaster University and the National Science Foundation.

“Valerie and I feel honored to have been able to serve alongside the most committed and talented faculty and staff imaginable. We have enjoyed the energy of our students and the affection and loyalty of our alumni.”

Hodge’s announcement comes as Miami reported that it had well exceeded the goals for the incoming class, which will be the most diverse and academically accomplished in the university’s history.

The university has also enjoyed an academic year full of noteworthy accomplishments and national recognition, including for the fifth year in a row being ranked by U.S. News & World Report as the No. 1 public university in the nation for its commitment to undergraduate education, second only to Princeton in 2015. By autumn, 97.6 percent of the 2013-2014 graduating class in Oxford and 88.3 percent of the graduating class on the Regionals were either employed or continuing their education, and Miami launched a new $100 million campaign to increase scholarships.

“Throughout his time as president, President Hodge has displayed exceptional dedication and vision, and a passion for working with Miami faculty and staff. Together, they have continued to build a vibrant learning and discovery environment that shapes what I believe is the best undergraduate experience in the nation,” said David Budig (Miami ’84), chair of Miami’s board of trustees.

Hodge added, “We are especially looking forward to next year, as we make further progress in achieving the goals of the Miami 2020 plan, and when Miami will explore creativity and innovation as a common theme for advancing the quality of the educational experience. That theme exemplifies the forward-looking spirit that has sustained Miami over its history."

The board of trustees will conduct a national search for Miami’s next president.