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Newman University president will retire after decade of enrollment growth

Bishop Gerber Science Center dedication

(FILE VIDEO) The Bishop Gerber Science Center, a 52,400-square-foot facility housing chemistry, biology, and physics, was dedicated with a blessing from the Most Rev. Eugene Gerber, bishop emeritus of Wichita. (Sept. 21, 2017)
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(FILE VIDEO) The Bishop Gerber Science Center, a 52,400-square-foot facility housing chemistry, biology, and physics, was dedicated with a blessing from the Most Rev. Eugene Gerber, bishop emeritus of Wichita. (Sept. 21, 2017)

The president of Newman University will retire at the end of the calendar year.

The Catholic school in Wichita announced President Noreen M. Carrocci’s retirement on Tuesday. Carrocci was named president in 2007, and her decade-long tenure saw improved student enrollment, retention and graduation rates.

“Noreen has really put Newman University on the map in the region by being such a great ambassador for the university and working in partnerships with so many organizations to make Wichita a better place,” said Teresa Hall Bartels, chair of the university’s board of trustees, in a news release. “She has put both her professional as well as her personal time into building up opportunities for people to advance and gain the education that they need for better jobs and better lives.”

Under Carrocci’s leadership, the first-time student population grew 67 percent, the four-year graduation rate improved by 30 percent and student retention rates are at an all-time high, the university said in the release.

The university has also added more degree programs, including a seminary program, and built a new bio-science facility for its nursing and allied health programs.

“My time at Newman has been a blessing both professionally and personally. I am thankful to our students, staff and faculty members, and especially the Adorers of the Blood of Christ, for their constant support over the years,” Carrocci said in the release.

The university plans to immediately begin a nationwide search for its next president.

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