FAYETTEVILLE — The president of Methodist University will retire at the end of May.
Ben Hancock made his announcement via a personal email to the campus community.
“With my current contract coming to an end in 2018, it seemed to be an appropriate time for Debbie and me to consider our future and that of the university,” Hancock wrote. “The best timing for the university to go through a transition in leadership was paramount in our discussions. After much thought and prayer, I have decided to retire as president of Methodist University, effective May 31, 2018.”
Hancock said he hoped his early announcement would give the board of trustees sufficient time to complete a successful search for the next president. Hancock is the fourth president of Methodist University.
University board of trustees Chairman Mac Healy said he has been impressed with Hancock’s unlimited energy and enthusiasm for the mission and goals of the university, and that the trustees were thankful for all of Hancock’s hard work and dedication.
“Since March 2011, Ben Hancock has guided Methodist University as our president,” Healy said. “He has given us seven years of exceptional service and leadership, and been a champion for students and alumni. Under Ben’s leadership, Methodist successfully conducted the largest fundraising campaign in the school’s history. Along with the board of trustees, he has focused on a strategic plan that has seen Methodist grow our existing programs and add several new program opportunities for our students. Ben will always be part of the Methodist family and we wish him and Debbie a long and happy retirement.”