VALPARAISO | A Valparaiso University administrator on Thursday announced he will give up his administrative position, and return to teaching after a sabbatical.
Valparaiso University Provost Mark Schwehn will retire from his position as provost and executive vice president for academic affairs, effective June 30, 2014.
Schwehn has served at VU since 1983 and was named provost in 2009.
"Provost Schwehn has been a transformative, thoughtful leader at Valpo for three decades," Valparaiso University President Mark Heckler said in a news release. "He has been a faithful steward to the mission and vision of Valparaiso University, and his guidance has been invaluable during a time of significant growth and expansion for our University."
During his time as provost, Schwehn counts the development of Valparaiso University's academic plan, part of the university's campus-wide Strategic Plan, as one of the high points of his tenure.
"Teaching has always been my first love, though I have learned being an educator can take many forms," Schwehn said in the news release. "I have enjoyed my time as provost enormously. I have learned a great deal, and I have been blessed to work with an inspiring group of people, especially with President Heckler."
Previously, Schwehn served as dean of Christ College – The Honors College from 1990 to 2003. During that time, Christ College raised more than $7 million in gifts and grants and increased enrollment by 33 percent.
He intends to take a year sabbatical to complete a book project while in residence at the Collegeville Institute at St. John’s College in Minnesota. After his leave, Schwehn will resume teaching in Christ College.
The university will conduct a nationwide search for a new provost to be filled by July 1, 2014.