EMPORIA, Kan. (WIBW) — Emporia State University's President is stepping down.
Dr. Michael R. Lane announced his resignation Thursday afternoon to ESU faculty, staff and students.
Lane has been with ESU since 2006. His resignation is effective June 30, 2011.
Lane released a statement explaining his decision. He says he was nominated for a position on a private campus for which he interviewed last fall. He says the experience made him appreciate the environment and support at ESU. However, his statement says, the action caused many to question his commitment to the university.
“I believe this ongoing concern is detracting from the work that needs to be accomplished at ESU," Lane's statement reads.
Kansas Board of Regents Chairman Gary Sherrer has called a special meeting of the Regents for Friday to discuss how they'll proceed with filling Lane's position.
“The Board thanks Mike and Peggy for the time, effort, and commitment they’ve made to Emporia State, and we have nothing but the best of wishes for their future success," Sherrer said in a statement.
Lane was provost at the University of Arkansas-Fort Smith when he accepted the ESU position.
Complete statement from Dr. Michael Lane announcing his resignation as ESU President:
“It is with mixed emotions and after much consideration that I have decided to step down from the presidency of ESU effective June 30, 2011.
“When I interviewed with another campus over fall break last year, it was because I was nominated, and I was curious about the opportunity on a campus that was private. The visit helped Peggy and I realize how much we enjoyed and appreciated the very student-focused environment at ESU as well as the supportive campus and community. The act of visiting the other campus, however, has caused many to question my commitment to ESU.
“I believe this ongoing concern is detracting from the work that needs to be accomplished at ESU.
“I thank all the people of Emporia and Lyon County for your continued support of ESU, and I truly hope you continue to support this critical institution in Lyon County. I also thank the faculty and staff of Emporia State who work diligently every day to support the success of our students. These are the people who make ESU such a special place to study and learn.
“Finally, thank you to the ESU students who make this such a wonderful place to live and work! Peggy and I thank you for your support during our time as president and first lady.”