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Medaille president announces he will retire

Medaille College President Richard T. Jurasek will retire next summer due to unspecified health reasons, the college announced this afternoon.

Jurasek, president of the college since 2007, declined a recent contract extension from the college’s Board of Trustees.

He sent an e-mail note this afternoon to faculty and staff that read in part: “Across my tenure of nearly eight years at Medaille, I think we have accomplished much. This work has surely been the most challenging of my career and the reward of service to the College has been immeasurable. And it is especially memorable because of the pride I sense working with all of you.”

Board chairman Charles E. Moran Jr. thanked Jurasek, 67, in a statement provided to media.

“The Medaille College Board of Trustees is unanimously grateful to Dr. Jurasek for his nearly eight years of leadership and recognizes all of his efforts to ensure the best possible education for our students,” Moran said. “Although we were hopeful that Rick would accept the board’s offer to extend his current contract, we understand his decision. Rick’s strategies to secure Medaille’s future and weave the College into the fabric of life in Western New York will continue to guide us for years to come.”

The trustees have created a committee to find a new president.