Carroll University almost had their first woman president, but Sara Ray Stoelinga, withdrew her acceptance. The current president is going to retire in July.
Stoelinga was chosen and accepted the position, but recently in a letter to board trustees she announced her decision to remain in her current role at the University of Chicago.
“This was a very difficult decision that comes with many mixed emotions for me,” she wrote. “I feel strongly compelled to continue my work in K-12 education and as such I have decided not to leave the University of Chicago Urban Education Institute at this time.”
According to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Stoelinga said she appreciated the warm welcome she received from the Carroll community. “I have been impressed by the many members of the Carroll community that I have met. Carroll University has much important and exciting work underway, which I know will contribute to a bright future.”
She has spent her adult life at the University of Chicago, earning her bachelor’s and PhD in sociology before building a career in urban education.
Carroll said in a statement Wednesday that the board and presidential search committee would resume the search “for a dynamic leader to propel Wisconsin’s first four-year institution of higher learning to the next level.”
Myers McRae Executive Search and Consulting will continue to assist with the search.
Read more at Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.