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Courtesy Huntington University

Blair Dowden to retire as Huntington U.'s president

G. Blair Dowden plans to retire at the end of the current academic year after 22 years as president of Huntington University, the university announced tonight.

Carter-Baldwin Executive Search has been retained to begin a national search for his successor, the Huntington-based university said in a statement.

"President Dowden has been quietly considering retirement from Huntington University for some time," said Kelly Savage, chair of the board of trustees, in the statement.

"He has initiated this transition now in order to give the board plenty of notice, assure an effective transition of leadership and to maintain institutional momentum."

During Dowden's time as president, the university doubled its enrollment, tripled its endowment and built or remodeled eight buildings, the statement said. The institution was known as Huntington College until 2005.