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Wesley President Announces Retirement in June 2015


On August 24 Wesley College President Dr. William N. Johnston announced to the Board of Trustees and the College community his plans to retire at the conclusion of the 2014-15 academic year.

Johnston became Wesley’s 16th president in 2008, offering a wealth of experience in administration, including a very successful presidency of Iowa Wesleyan College, Mount Pleasant, IA. In addition to serving as a president in Iowa and Delaware, he has served as a senior administrator at four other private church-related liberal arts colleges in a span of 40 years.

When Johnston arrived at Wesley in 2008 his goals included increasing the profile and reputation of the College, expanding facilities, creating new academic programs and a new strategic plan.  “The forward movement of Wesley College under his leadership is evident and surrounds us,” said Wesley College Board of Trustee Chair Robert V.A. Harra, Jr.

During his tenure Wesley has strengthened its presence in the community, added the Health Sciences Building which was donated and completely renovated, added new adult programs and majors, increased retention and created a new strategic plan.

Another change includes the new plazas to central campus which provide a more pedestrian-friendly and aesthetically pleasing campus environment. In addition to the enhanced safety features, students can now enjoy Wi-Fi access, gathering space, additional lighting, outdoor outlets and a defined space that benefits students and the community at large. “This was truly a community effort,” said Johnston. “I am proud of the positive achievements that our administration, faculty and staff have been able to create at Wesley by working together.”

The Board of Trustees has indicated that the search process will begin immediately with the goal of naming the successor president early in 2015.