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Lawrence University President Beck to retire in 2013

Lawrence University president Jill Beck
Lawrence University president Jill Beck

APPLETON, WI (WTAQ) - The first female president in Lawrence University's history announced Thursday she plans to retire.

Jill Beck says she'll retire in June 2013 after nine years as president of the Appleton college.

“I think much has been accomplished over the past eight years,” said Beck. “Certainly I see a campus physically transformed, a faculty that has grown in number and a student body that is more diverse. There have been enhancements to the curriculum including Senior Experience, dance studies and the expansion of the film studies program with a focus on film production. There are greatly increased opportunities for student internships and research experiences to support our students’ transition from Lawrence into their future lives.”

The university also raised more than $160 million during a recent fundraising campaign.

Beck says she will focus on further expansion during the next year and a half, including transforming the former Downer Commons into a center for film studies and offices for admissions, career services and alumni relations.

Lawrence’s board of trustees has begun the search for a new president.

A native of Worcester, Massachusetts, Beck received a bachelor’s degree in philosophy from Clark University, a master’s degree in history from McGill University and a Ph.D. in theatre from the City University of New York.