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Gustavus Adolphus President Jack Ohle to Retire

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The President of Gustavus Adolphus College announces his retirement.

Jack Ohle had overseen increased enrollment, donations, and several new buildings added to campus.

But his six–year tenure, at least in the short–term, will be marked by battles with faculty over hiring decisions. Fights that became so heated it garnered media attention in the Twin Cities, with the word 'revolt' used in the stories. 

Ohle joined Gustavus back in 2008 and became the 16th President in the school's history.

Among Ohle's accomplishments:  completion of Beck Hall, a Sesquicentennial Plaza, the West Mall, and the visit from the Swedish King and Queen.

But his biggest fight came from Gustavus faculty, which became enraged when not included in hiring decisions for the college.

Ohle says it was a tough component of his Presidency, but ultimately sees it as just another part of the academic process.

"I didn't use the word ‘revolt'. You have to keep all of those things in perspective. There's always more than one side to a story.

In my many years experience, I've made many mistakes and have been challenged and made many changes in the way I administer. That's important for me.

Likewise, I think it's important for a college to stretch itself.

The revolt isn't a revolt. It's really an opportunity for people to be heard and once they're heard, to take that and listen to what's being said and make a stronger institution through that debate and dialogue."

Ohle feels the college is stronger now than when he started.

Details on the Board's search for a replacement will be announced soon.