Vice President of Academic Affairs Dr. John Yoder has announced that he plans to retire in two years as part of a carefully designed effort to provide planned succession in senior leadership at Friends University.
“President Green and I have been working closely to coordinate our respective retirements and construct a thoughtful succession plan that will allow the best possible start for the next president of Friends University,” Dr. Yoder said. “The timing of my retirement will allow me to work with the new president for a year while enabling her or him to select the best person to provide academic leadership at Friends University for the longer term.”
At the time of his retirement in 2012, Dr. Yoder will have served as academic vice president at Friends University for 10 years. He came to Friends from Fresno Pacific University in California, where he had served, at different times, as associate vice president for academic affairs and as dean of the graduate school. He worked in Africa at the University of Botswana from 1984 to 1991, was a member of the faculty at Ohio University and served in various educational roles and institutions in Virginia and Pennsylvania. He has traveled broadly–lecturing and consulting in various countries in Asia, Europe and South America as well as Africa. More recently, he has served on the P-20 Task Force in Kansas (by invitation of the Kansas Commissioner of Education), is a member of the Higher Education Committee of Visioneering Wichita, and is a member of the Peer Review Corps for the Higher Learning Committee of the North Central Association.
His retirement follows a similar announcement by Friends University President Dr. Biff Green, who announced plans earlier this month to retire in June 2011. Dr. Green noted that it is rare for an institution to have the opportunity to so carefully coordinate plans for future leadership of the institution.
Both senior leaders note they are leaving at a time when Friends University is in good health fiscally and academically.
“As it turns out, the two of us happen to both be reaching retirement age at the same time,” Dr. Green said. “It’s time for the next generation to provide leadership for Friends University, and we feel very good that we are leaving a successful, stable institution for them.”