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Dr. M.G. "Pat" Robertson Announces Plans to Retire

| April 28, 2009

Dr. M.G. "Pat" Robertson

Dr. M.G. "Pat" Robertson, founder, chancellor and president of Regent University, announced to the Board of Trustees his plans to retire as president of the university effective July 1, 2010. Dr. Robertson founded Regent in 1978 and became its sixth president in 2000, guiding the university through its most rapid period of growth, including the expansion into online undergraduate and graduate education. He will continue to serve as the university's chancellor and member of the Board of Trustees.

The Board of Trustees has appointed a search committee that will name a new president, who is expected to join the university no later than fall 2010.

"Serving as Regent University's president has been an honor and a joy," Robertson says. "The accomplishments of our faculty, staff, students and alumni are truly remarkable and I am so delighted by the achievements of our rapidly growing school. As chancellor and a trustee, I will now focus on helping guide the university toward the next level of strategic growth and the implementation of our master plan."

The decade of Dr. Robertson's tenure as president has been marked by significant growth and achievements. With 12,377 alumni, including more than 1,000 in the 2009 graduating class, and a current enrollment of more than 4,500 students from 46 countries, the university's accomplishments are many. "I have seen our students, faculty and graduates serve with excellence at all levels, and each year the evidence of their success is measurable and global," Robertson says.

Regent is now ranked second nationally by the Online Education Database's online college rankings for its online programs.

The School of Law was the first university to hold two consecutive American Bar Association (ABA) championships: the ABA 2007 Negotiation Competition, previously won by Harvard; and the ABA 2006 National Moot Court Championship, previously won by Yale. Other significant championships include the 2009 Robert R. Merhige Sr. National Environmental Law Negotiation Competition and both the 2008 and 2009 William B. Spong, Jr. Invitational Moot Court Tournaments.

More than 350 students and graduates from Regent's School of Education (SOE) have been named "Teachers of the Year" in Hampton Roads. One SOE graduate was named a national middle school principal of the year. The School of Communication & the Arts has won 214 film awards, including two new student Telly awards.

Regent's distinguished faculty members are award-winning scholars and practitioners in a variety of fields, including four Fulbright scholars, and many have published peer-reviewed work in nationally-recognized journals and publications.

In 2008, the Chronicle of Higher Education's survey of Great Colleges to Work For ranked Regent among the top five small colleges to work for in several categories.

Dr. Robertson, recognized and awarded for his visionary accomplishments in broadcasting and many other arenas, is known also for his distinctive contributions to higher education in general and Christian higher education in particular. He helped Regent pioneer many "firsts" since it opened its doors in 1978 with 77 students and seven faculty as the nation's first free-standing Christian graduate school.

The School of Divinity offered the world's first doctoral degree in renewal studies, now in its sixth year. The school is now one of the fastest-growing seminaries in the nation. The School of Psychology & Counseling is the first school in the country to receive accreditation from the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP) for an online doctoral program in Counselor Education and Supervision.

One of Dr. Robertson's most recent contributions was to initiate RU Global, a five-year quality enhancement program designed to increase the global competency of Regent students. "It is clear that our graduates must be prepared to lead in a more globally complex world," Robertson explains.

In the next year, Dr. Robertson will oversee a new campus master plan that he developed for Regent, with specific attention to the continued growth of the university's undergraduate and graduate online and on-campus programs, and the university's overall global impact.

"Regent University is blessed to have reached many milestones, both academically and in the spiritual development of our community," Robertson says. "Our mission remains steadfast: to train Christian leaders who serve with excellence in every area of their lives. I have seen that excellence firsthand and I know that we have only just begun to see the fruits of our labor."


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