The first words from Tom Snyder on hearing the news Monday that Anderson University President James Edward plans to step down were, "Oh, goodness."
It was the unguarded reaction of a man who considers Edwards both a close personal friend and a mentor in higher education.
"That's a big sea change," said Snyder, an Anderson resident and president of Ivy Tech Community College. "My interest in higher education was developed by actually having a chance to watch what Jim did in this period of significant change of the school."
Edwards announced on Monday that his tenure as AU's president will conclude by the end of the 2014-15 academic year. He did not use the term "retirement."
"I'm not sure what retirement means, and I haven't come to terms with that," Edwards said. "But my wife (Deanna) and I have been making plans, and I thought it was in the best interest of the university to work on the transition thing."
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Anderson University is a private Christian university in central Indiana. Anderson University continues to be recognized as one of America's top colleges by U.S. News and World Report, The Princeton Review, and Forbes. Established in 1917 by the Church of God (Anderson, Ind.), Anderson University offers more than 65 undergraduate majors and graduate programs in business, music, nursing, and theology.