After 35 years of experience in business and higher education, Leo I. Higdon, Jr. announced plans Monday to retire at the end of December, 2013.
"The time is right for me and for this college," Higdon told students, faculty and staff during an all-campus meeting Monday, according to a statement from the college. "We will have completed our $200 million Campaign and we will have accomplished goals that we outlined when I came to Connecticut College. It will be time for a new strategic plan and a new leader to continue to advance this great institution."
A statement from the college said Higdon, 66, who has been president of the college since 2006, "made significant improvements in the college's admission profile, in the student experience and to the campus."
Under Higdon's leadership, the college statement said, "applications reached record highs with improved selectivity, and spending on financial aid increased."