October 29, 2015
SPRINGFIELD, Mo., Oct. 29, 2015 — Dr. David Manuel has announced that he will retire as President of Drury University in May at the end of his contractual commitment.
In letters to faculty, staff, students, parents and alumni sent today, Manuel thanked the entire Drury community for the opportunity to lead the institution. The decision comes after reflecting on a long career in higher education as a faculty member, administrator and chancellor/president.
“For several months, I have been considering my future personal and professional plans in light of completing nearly 41 years in higher education. During its regular fall meeting this morning, I informed the Board of Trustees that I will retire as president of Drury University on May 31, 2016,” Manuel said. “I have enjoyed working with all of Drury’s constituent groups and have come to deeply admire this great American university, as well as the entire Springfield community. We have an outstanding leadership team, and I am confident they will be able to move the university forward. Between now and May 31, I will work diligently to assist Drury as it achieves new successes and will partner with you, the Board and the administration in the upcoming transition.”
“We appreciate Dr. David and Betty Coe Manuel’s service to Drury and the community,” said Lyle Reed, Chairman of the Board of Trustees. “We look forward to working together toward a smooth transition.”