University President Mary Ellen Mazey announced her resignation at the Board of Trustees meeting on Friday, effective Dec. 31 of this year. She was named the 11th president of the University in July of 2011.
Mazey’s almost seven years at the University were an “honor and pleasure,” she said.
With her 69th birthday approaching, Mazey mentioned she has spent a lot of time reflecting on each decade of her life as well as her time at the University.
“I’ve got to start thinking about the seventies and what I’m going to do in that seventies decade. And I think it’s about time that I do some things that I can say has my life a little bit more flexible,” she said.
Mazey said she would continue to be involved with the University in many ways, including participation with a team of fellow Board members Linda Forte and Jim Bailey to support the University even after her resignation.
“Now it’s time to say farewell, but I’ll always be here too,” she assured those present at the meeting.
The announcement was received with a standing ovation and applause as Mazey advised her peers on the Board of Trustees to remember all the accomplishments made during her time as president. She also encouraged members of the administration to “take [the University] to the next level.”
The members of the Board spoke in commemoration of Mazey’s time at the University.
“I cannot thank you enough for everything you have done,” Megan Newlove, chair of the Board of Trustees, said.
The Board also recognized Mazey with the status of President Emeritus in honor of her achievements over the past seven years such as increasing the retainment rate and enacting the Master Plan.
In response to the announcement of Mazey’s resignation, the Board motioned to appoint Rodney Rogers, the senior vice president of Academic Affairs and Provost, as Interim president of the University. He spoke about his goals as he makes this transition.
“My goal is to make sure we do not lose any momentum on the great progress the University’s making… There’s a lot of initiatives that we are just going to continue, developing new academic programs,” he said.
Mazey commented on what this change means for the student body and how they can engage in the transition.
“Students should know that you’re always the first priority, and if there are issues that you think that need to be resolved on the campus, let us know because we always want to work with you; Provost Rogers wants to work with you as president. Just think about what you can do to really make BGSU better than it is today,” she said.