St. Catharine College’s president, William D. Huston, who has led the Springfield, Ky., college in major expansions, announced Feb. 3 that he plans to retire when his current contract expires in June.
“After much thought and prayer I have made the decision to not seek renewal of my contract and to transition into retirement from my presidency at St. Catharine College,” he wrote in a letter addressed to trustees, faculty, staff and students. “I have been very blessed to have had a professional career that has included 40 years in higher education and a 36-year career in the U.S. Navy and the U.S. Coast Guard.”
Huston, 68, noted in the letter that his health “is still excellent” and that he looks forward to spending time with his five adult children and his grandchildren.
His presidency at St. Catharine began in February of 1997, he said in his letter, noting that the school has made progress in these 18 years.
Under his leadership, the school has grown tremendously. Enrollment in 1997 stood at 137 students and the school offered associate degrees, according to the college website, sccky.edu.
Today, enrollment stands at about 800. The school offers more than a dozen four-year degrees, in addition to associate degrees, and continues to add new degree programs.
The college has added new academic buildings and a new library. Construction of additional residence halls has drawn a larger residential population to the campus.
Huston reflected on this progress in his letter, noting, “Although the journey has not always been easy, it has been one very rewarding in seeing the progress made and most importantly seeing the many new opportunities our students and graduates have today in a competitive world work environment,” he wrote.
“As you look around our beautiful campus, you all can take pride in facilities, degrees and programs that so many supporters helped develop. We can all feel a great degree of accomplishment and pride as we look back,” Huston said.
He also expressed gratitude for the Dominican Sisters of Peace, who established the school in 1931, and the school’s trustees, faculty, staff and students.