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CMC president will resign, plans classroom return

Claremont McKenna President Pamela Gann will be stepping down from her post following completion of the 2012-2013 academic year, she announced in an email sent to members of the CMC community on Tuesday, May 15.

Ms. Gann, the 4th president of the 66-year-old college, took her place at the helm of CMC in 1999. In her email, she said that next year, when the Campaign for Claremont McKenna wraps up, it seemed like an appropriate time for her to step down.

The campaign, also known as The Roberts Challenge, began after CMC alumnus and Board of Trustees member George R. Roberts presented the college with a matching gift of $20 million in 2006. It was announced earlier this year that CMC’s fundraising efforts had matched and nearly doubled the gift, resulting in a total of $60 million that will be used for faculty development. 

Ms. Gann will spend her last year completing the Campaign for Claremont McKenna, moving forward with several building projects and recruiting faculty and students.

Ms. Gann won’t be saying goodbye to the campus entirely. She announced in her email that after a year’s leave of absence, she plans to return to the classroom, joining the CMC faculty for the 2014-2015 school year as a professor of legal studies.

Ms. Gann, who will vacate her office on June 30, 2013 after 14 years of service, said she has felt proud and privileged to help guide “this splendid institution.” In her email, she notes that a goodbye is not necessarily a negative thing.

 “Leadership changes are healthy for all organizations, and they provide an opportunity for the community to come together to reflect seriously and intelligently upon its future,” Ms. Gann said.  “This leadership change will also come at a time when the college is well positioned to attract an exceptional new president.”

–Sarah Torribio

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