Fred Lazarus, who has served as president of the Maryland Institute College of Art for almost 35 years, announced that he will retire at the end of the 2013–14 school year. Mr. Lazarus, who took the reins of the school in 1978, has served longer as president than any other president of a four-year college in the history of Maryland.
Here’s a bit from MICA’s extensive news release on his tenure:
“Since 1978, MICA’s enrollment has more than doubled; the size of the campus has increased tenfold; the endowment has grown by more than 25 times; three research centers have been created; and 18 undergraduate and graduate academic programs have been added.”
He was also responsible for securing some $100 million in outside funding during his years in office.
A search committee of students, faculty and trustees will work to locate a successor to Mr. Lazarus.