You choose, we deliver
If you are interested in this story, you might be interested in others from The Journal Gazette. Go to and pick the subjects you care most about. We'll deliver your customized daily news report at 3 a.m. Fort Wayne time, right to your email.


  • Marching bands
    Northrop, East Noble, Bishop Dwenger, Concordia, Adams Central and Heritage took home honors Saturday following a high school marching band contest at DeKalb High School.
  • Northcrest students get vision tests
    Nearly 200 first-, third- and fifth-graders at Northcrest Elementary got their eyes checked with the flash of a laser wand Wednesday.
  • Enrollments rising at private colleges
    With an aggressive and new array of offerings and programs, local private universities and colleges are boosting enrollments this year, while public schools are in a slump.
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.