Dr. Benjamin F. Payton, the fifth President of Tuskegee University, informed the school's Board of Trustees this week of his intent to retire on June 30, 2010. Payton has served as university president for 28 years.
Payton had made it clear that he would only stay on to complete several major objectives such as the University's decennial reaffirmation of accreditation by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, as well as certain specialized accreditations of professional programs, such as architecture, veterinary medicine, nursing, teacher education, and engineering, as well as the completion of major renovation and new construction plans.
Speaking for the entire Board of Trustees, Dr. Andrew F. Brimmer, Chairman of the Board, observed that Dr. Payton's "transformative and clear sense of what Tuskegee University could and should become, and his solid leadership, including his enormous fundraising capacities, have enabled him to achieve all of these goals by mid-March 2009.
"He has led the University through some very tough times - to its current status of financial stability, academic excellence and even distinction in athletics," Dr. Brimmer said.