Goddard College in Plainfield announced Thursday that President Barbara Vacarr will step down at the end of this year.
In a news release from the college board of trustees, Vacarr expressed her need to focus on her family. She will help prepare the college for her successor, the release said.
Vacarr took over as president in 2010 after a career as a leader in developing innovative programs for adult learners, the release said. Vacarr’s tenure at Goddard has been rocky at times. A February story in Seven Days highlighted faculty opposition to some of Vacarr’s efforts to “corporatize” the liberal arts school.