Dr. Biff Green, who has served as president of Friends University since 1991, announced today his plans to retire in 2011. With full support from the Friends University Board of Trustees, Green has agreed to continue to lead the University for the 2010-2011 academic year, providing the board a year to conduct the search and transition to the next leader.
During his tenure of 20 years, President Green has overseen unprecedented development of the campus, raised more than $100 million in investments and capital improvements for the University, more than doubled enrollment and faculty, and is recognized for turning the institution around both financially and operationally.
Green, a La Verne, Calif. native, will be turning 65 next year upon his retirement. He said he will remain in Wichita with his family and sees his final year as one to keep improving on what’s been done.
“The successes we’ve had have been a team effort from day one. With the help of a talented staff and faculty and an active, supportive board, we have made significant progress in advancing the mission of Friends University,” Green said. “It’s the right time for me to move on to the next phase of my life.”
Green said the one-year time period will allow the University and the board time to reflect and seek the type of leadership the University needs for the next generation of students.
A nationwide search for a new president will begin immediately and be conducted by the Friends University Board of Trustees’ Executive Committee who will engage a search firm to assist them in the process. A search committee will be formed with faculty, students, alumni and staff representatives. Board Chairman Rodney Pitts will chair the search, with the goal of selecting a candidate by spring 2011.
Under Green’s disciplined leadership, the University saw the highest level of giving in Friends history coupled with significant improvements and expansion ¬– from new construction of a business and technology building to on-campus housing to multiple building renovations along with expanding off-campus presence in Topeka and Lenexa.
Green’s wife, Binnie, has been the long-time volunteer co-chair of the landscape committee at Friends. She plans to continue her work on campus.
“Biff has led the University very diligently and thoughtfully,” Pitts said. “He’s always thinking through all aspects of his decisions. His strong values, high integrity and business acumen has been the basis of our financial stability.”
Pitts describes Green as a leader who lives the Friends University credo of ‘service to others’ daily.