David Seyle announces retirement from Andrew College
After more than two decades of service, President David Seyle has announced his retirement from Andrew College. In an email sent to the college’s faculty and staff Thursday afternoon, board Chair George Flowers noted that “Dr. Seyle’s leadership has reassured Andrew’s success on nearly all fronts” and thanked him for “dedicated, selfless service.” Flowers reiterated the board’s confidence in the college’s remaining leadership team and announced plans to develop a search committee in the next few days.
Reflecting on his time in Cuthbert, Seyle said, “I have been a part of many great changes in Andrew College history. Many more opportunities for the college’s next phase of growth and development are ahead. Though I won’t be a part of them, I am certain the campus leaders and members of the board of trustees will continue moving Andrew forward.”
Seyle found his way to Andrew in 1991 while serving as the pastor of Cuthbert United Methodist Church. Initially joining the faculty as a professor of religion, Seyle entered the administration in 1995 after being named the academic dean. He was later selected to be dean of the college, then interim president in 2006.
Since becoming Andrew’s 28th president in 2007, Seyle has led two capital campaigns, worked to strengthen the College’s endowment, and co-authored its current strategic plan and a multimillion dollar federal Title III grant. He established numerous articulation agreements between public and private institutions throughout Georgia and secured a partnership with Pai Chai University in Daejeon, South Korea. In addition to a successful reaccreditation by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) in 2005, Seyle represented Andrew as a voting member of several foundation boards, executive committees and professional organizations. His credentials as an ordained elder of The United Methodist Church furthermore reinvigorated the institution’s 160-year-old connection with South Georgia United Methodists, evidenced most recently by a $50,000 challenge grant from the St. Marys United Methodist Church Foundation.
Seyle and his wife, Claudia, plan to retire to their home in Savannah. The outgoing president’s last day on campus will by July 31, 2014. An open letter to the community from board Chair Flowers may be found at www.andrewcollege.edu/presidential-transition, a webpage that will host all future details of the presidential search. For further inquiries, please contact Andy Brubaker, vice president for administration.