Weedman announces retirement

KNOXVILLE — Johnson University President Gary Weedman announced to faculty and staff Monday that he will retire from the presidency of Johnson University at the end of the 2017-18 academic year.

His retirement will be effective June 30, 2018.

“Throughout Dr. Weedman’s tenure as president, Johnson University has experienced tremendous growth in enrollment, academic programs and facilities,” a statement released by the university said. “Next year will mark Dr. Weedman’s 11th year as president, 50th year in Christian higher education and his 75th birthday.”

The statement says Weedman informed the trustees of his decision in February.

“It is no small challenge to find a successor of Dr. Weedman’s caliber, and we covet your prayers during the presidential search,” JU Board of Trustee Chairman L.D. Campbell said in an open letter. ”

Weedman told faculty and staff that he will stay connected to the university in some capacity.

“Institutions, especially those favored by God, endure as resilient entities,” he said in his letter and told faculty and staff.  “No one person or persons prove to be indispensable. So, I do not worry about the future of Johnson University. God will continue to bless the school as it stays true to its mission.”

Weedman has long touted the quality of Johnson University.

“I will have occasion later to reflect on the past 11 years,” Weedman wrote in an open letter. “I have emphasized throughout that we are a 10-Talent School because of the faithful service of our predecessors and an outpouring of God’s blessings.

“We have tried to use the results of their good work to educate students to help extend the kingdom of God among all nations. It has been a joy to see God expand these efforts beyond our imagination,” he added.

The statement from the university says that the board of trustees has begun a presidential search.

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