Berea College President To Retire In 2023

BEREA, Ky. (AP) — The president of Berea College is retiring in 2023.

Lyle Roelofs, who became the school's ninth president in 2012, will step down June 30, 2023, the college said Monday. During his tenure, Roelofs transformed the campus and elevated the college’s national profile, the statement said.

Several projects were completed under his leadership, including rebuilding or renovating several residence halls and the opening of a $64 million facility that houses the college’s science disciplines, mathematics and nursing. In addition, Berea College constructed a hydroelectric generating plant that reduces the school’s carbon footprint and began using draft horses to pull felled logs out of the school's forest land.

“Lyle’s tenure at Berea will leave a profound and indelible mark on the college’s physical campus and its sustainability footprint,” said Derrick Singleton, Berea College vice president of operations and sustainability.

The Board of Trustees hired a search firm to begin looking for the school's next president.