Biff Green, president of Friends University, to retire

WICHITA — Friends University President Biff Green announced today that he will retire at the end of the 2010-2011 school year, after 20 years of service.

"With the help of a talented staff and faculty and an active, supportive board, we have made significant progress in advancing the mission of Friends University," Green said in an e-mail sent today to members of the university's Alumni Association. "It's the right time for me to move on to the next phase of my life."

The Board of Trustees' Executive Committee will hire a search firm and immediately begin a nationwide search for Green's replacement. A search committee of faculty, student, alumni and staff will assist in the selection.

Green, who became Friends' president in 1991, will be 65 at his retirement.

He is credited with overseeing substantial expansion of the university, especially in the areas of technology, business instruction and campus housing.

"Biff has led the university very diligently and thoughtfully," trustees' Chairman Rodney Pitts said in the e-mail to alumni. "He's always thinking through all aspects of his decisions. His strong values, high integrity and business acumen has been the basis of our financial stability."