Dr. David Caruso has announced that he will retire as president of Antioch University New England (AUNE) at the end of the 2012-13 academic year. He has served as president of the AUNE campus in Keene, New Hampshire, for the past six years during his four-decade career in higher education.
“These six years of service to Antioch University are the most professionally and personally rewarding of my forty years in higher education. The opportunity to serve you in the position of president has been an honor and I thank each of you for your support, advice, and acceptance of my leadership during these years,” Dr. Caruso said in a statement to the faculty, staff, and students of the AUNE campus. “I will always treasure every day of my time at Antioch and the very special relationships that I have here at AUNE and throughout the university,” he added.
Among his many accomplishments during his years as president, Dr. Caruso completed the campus’ first strategic plan; launched several successful academic programs including the PhD in marriage and family therapy, applied behavioral analysis certificate program, and sustainable development and climate change concentration; developed hybrid and low-residency program delivery models; and added significant capacity to the development and alumni functions that led to a doubling of the annual fund.
“I have thoroughly enjoyed working with David during his time as president and greatly respect his insight and unwavering sense of ethics,” said Arthur J. Zucker, past chair of the Antioch University Board of Governors. “He has brought an increased level of professionalism to the AUNE campus and I know he will continue to make a positive impact and bring his energy and passion to work every day prior to his retirement next June.”
“David has a long list of achievements at Antioch. He helped create the Center for Academic Innovation to encourage entrepreneurial thinking and help bring great ideas to life. His leadership has enabled a system of governance within AUNE that has given a greater voice to students, faculty, and staff. He has inspired the Board of Trustees, and will be remembered for his deep commitment to the mission and values of Antioch University and an even-tempered concern for the other person’s point of view—coupled with genuine kindness to all,” said Jack Merselis, chair of the AUNE Board of Trustees.
Antioch University Chancellor Felice Nudelman, in concert with the AUNE Board of Trustees, will develop a process to search for a replacement for Dr. Caruso when he retires effective June 30, 2013. That process will include opportunities for the campus and greater Antioch community to provide input into what types of skills and qualities they would like to see for the next president of the AUNE campus. Information on the search process will be posted on the AUNE website as it becomes available.
“I am confident that, with guidance from Chancellor Nudelman and our board, AUNE will find and embrace excellent new leadership that will build on AUNE’s amazing legacy and continue to deliver on its mission well into the future,” Dr. Caruso said.
About Antioch University
Antioch University New England (AUNE) is a dynamic, innovative institution offering scholarly, practice-oriented graduate study. Now in its forty-seventh year, AUNE serves 1,000 students and is closely linked to the region, with national and global connections through its students, alumni, and institutional concerns.
AUNE is one of the five institutions that comprise Antioch University. Inspired by the work of pioneering educator Horace Mann, Antioch University provides learner-centered education to empower students with the knowledge and skills to lead meaningful lives and to advance social, economic, and environmental justice. With campuses in Keene New Hampshire, Los Angeles, Santa Barbara, Seattle, and Yellow Springs, Ohio, Antioch University is a bold and enduring source of innovation in higher education. The University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association.