Curry College President Ken Quigley to Retire

By Currier Times Staff///

President Quigley announced on September 19th that this academic year will be his last before retirement.
Ken Quigley, the long time president of Curry College, announced his retirement in a college-wide email on Monday, September 19th. His retirement becomes official after this current academic year concludes.

Quigley began his career at Curry in 1985 as a Business professor. He became president in 1996 and guided the college through explosive growth for the next 25+ years.

Curry students on campus were surprised by the news.

“Yeah, it’s pretty shocking,” said Mike Broomstein, a senior Accounting major. “He [Quigley] is usually a face that you see around campus, one that is a smiling and greeting face. For him not to be here anymore, it’s going to be a little different. It’s going to be a big change, and it was pretty shocking when I first heard about it.” 

Board of Trustees chair, W. Patrick Hughes, expressed his appreciation for President Quigley’s service in an email to the community on Tuesday, September 20th.

“For nearly three decades, Ken has led Curry College through a period of remarkable transformation and growth amidst unprecedented changes and challenges for institutions of higher education,” said Hughes. “His tenure as president has been extraordinary, and the Curry community is forever indebted to him for his leadership and his legacy.”

Hughes added he would be back in touch with the community to announce next steps in the search for a new president.

Here is President Quigley’s full email:

“I am writing to both inform and thank the members of the Curry College Community. This academic year will be my final year in the role of president of our College, and I will retire from the role next summer.  

It’s been a great privilege to serve Curry College and its people in a variety of roles since 1985—as an adjunct faculty member, professor of business management, and as president. It’s been the professional honor of a lifetime, and I thank the many students, alumni, faculty, staff, trustees, friends, and supporters of Curry who have helped make our institution what it is today.  

I’m grateful to have collaborated with so many talented colleagues over the years and for their dedication to the Curry College Community. Our shared values and collective vision have allowed us to provide the excellence in education that is the hallmark of the Curry experience. In the classrooms, laboratories, stages, playing fields, and residence halls, we have continuously enhanced the campus experience for our students. I’m both proud and grateful for what we’ve accomplished together over the years. Notwithstanding the significant sector wide challenges in higher education, I have great trust in the foundation we’ve established for Curry’s continued success.

I’ve said many times in many places over the years that Curry College changes people’s lives for the better. I’ve been telling the Curry story for many years, and it is a story I look forward to continuing to share for many more.

Board of Trustees Chair W. Patrick Hughes will be in communication with the Curry Community in the very near term regarding the search process for my successor.  

In the meantime, I look forward to a productive year ahead, and hope to see many of you on campus soon.  

With deep respect and appreciation,
Ken Quigley”

The Currier Times will update this story as it develops further.

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