On August 18, 2011, President Parnell announced to the Drury community his and Betty’s decision to authorize the start of the presidential succession process with a view to Todd’s retirement as of May 31, 2013.
Of course, we’ve all anticipated this conversation, much as we all wish he could remain indefinitely. Todd has done amazing things at Drury since we cajoled him out of retirement in 2007, and the university is better and stronger as a result of his efforts.
Todd still has a lot that he wants to get done over the next year and a half, focusing on implementing our new strategic plan, continuing our financial turnaround, and continuing to mentor the talent he has put into responsible positions. In the meantime, James Bone ’80, a member of our Board of Trustees and a highly-respected member of the Drury community, has agreed to chair the Presidential
Search Committee. James is moving forward quickly with the formation of the committee and with establishing an orderly succession process that will be positive, energizing and fully embraced by campus and regional communities.
With many thanks to Todd for what he has done and will continue to do for Drury in the coming months, we look forward to an open and inclusive presidential search process that will engage all of our internal and external constituencies in our commitment to choose the best person to continue Drury's tradition of academic excellence and community engagement.