ANGOLA - After 23 years as president at Trine University, Dr. Earl D. Brooks has informed the Trine University campus community that he intends to retire on May 31, 2023.
Dr. Brooks is currently the longest serving college or university president in Indiana.
In an email to faculty, staff, alumni and donors on Monday, Dr. Brooks wrote, “I am announcing that I have entered my final year as president of Trine University, and that the Board of Trustees has formed a committee to begin the process for selecting the next leader of this great institution.”
During his tenure, Dr. Brooks has transformed the university in virtually every possible way, including changing the university name. When he arrived at Tri-State University, as it was named then in 2000, he encountered a university facing a variety of challenges, including declining enrollment, a crumbling campus, retention concerns and stressed finances. In the two decades since, enrollment has grown significantly and facilities, academic programs, athletics and student life have undergone radical transformation.
Dr. Brooks also played a central role in raising more than $250 million to fund the renewal and transformation. As a result, today’s Trine University continues to set enrollment records (more than 5,850 in Spring 2022), compete for conference and national athletics championships, grow its international student population and offer new academic programs that meet business and community needs while equipping students for successful careers and lives.
More information on his retirement can be found online: https://trine.link/dr-brooks-retiring
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