Emporia State President Michael R. Lane stepping down

May 5, 2011

Dr. Michael R. Lane, president of Emporia State University since 2006, announced this afternoon that he is stepping down. Lane made the following announcement to ESU faculty, staff and students shortly after 2:30 p.m.:

“It is with mixed emotions and after much consideration that I have decided to step down from the presidency of ESU effective June 30, 2011. 

“When I interviewed with another campus over fall break last year, it was because I was nominated, and I was curious about the opportunity on a campus that was private. The visit helped Peggy and I realize how much we enjoyed and appreciated the very student-focused environment at ESU as well as the supportive campus and community. The act of visiting the other campus, however, has caused many to question my commitment to ESU. 

“I believe this ongoing concern is detracting from the work that needs to be accomplished at ESU.

“I thank all the people of Emporia and Lyon County for your continued support of ESU, and I truly hope you continue to support this critical institution in Lyon County. I also thank the faculty and staff of Emporia State who work diligently every day to support the success of our students. These are the people who make ESU such a special place to study and learn. 

“Finally, thank you to the ESU students who make this such a wonderful place to live and work!  Peggy and I thank you for your support during our time as president and first lady.”

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