Washburn President Jerry Farley to retire

Washburn University President Dr. Jerry Farley announced Monday he will be stepping down effective Sept. 30, 2022.
Published: Apr. 18, 2022 at 12:53 PM CDT|Updated: Apr. 18, 2022 at 1:29 PM CDT
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TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) - Dr. Jerry Farley’s 25th year leading the Ichabods will be his last.

Washburn University announced Monday afternoon during a news conference that Farley will retire September 30, 2022.

“I began discussing my retirement with the board more than two years ago to ensure an orderly and effective transfer of executive authority when the time came for me to step back from the day to day duftites of the presidency,” Farley said. “My wife Susan and I have been carefully considering the timing of our retirement for several months now and we have decided that this is the correct time for us.”

Following his retirement, Farley said he will be taking on a new role as President Emeritus and focus on fundraising and international student recruitment. Farley says he expects to have a “small office somewhere on campus where I can continue to serve a university and community that I love.”

Farley became Washburn University’s 16th President on July 1, 1997. Prior to his time in Topeka, he served as a vice president at Oklahoma University from 1989 to 1997.

The campus has transformed considerably since Farley’s arrival, adding a new indoor athletic facility, several additional dorms, championed the addition of Washburn Tech to the Washburn University family, and coming at the end of 2022, a new Law School. Farley also led the effort to attract the Kansas Bureau of Investigation Forensic Center to campus.

The University says the Washburn Board of Regents will assume the primary role in finding Farley’s replacement and details about the search will be released in the coming weeks.

“It has been my great honor to serve Washburn as President,” Farley said. “My wife Susan has served right alongside me and we have been blessed with great colleagues and a highly supportive community.”

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