- Associated Press - Wednesday, June 3, 2015

PITTSBURGH (AP) - The president of Chatham University in Pittsburgh plans to retire in the summer of 2016.

Esther Barazzone was hired in 1991 by what was then an all-women’s college with about 500 students.

Under her tenure, the school added co-ed graduate programs in 1994 and later became a university. The school admitted its first male undergraduate student last fall.

The university now has about 2,100 students, and its endowment has grown from $35 million to $85 million under Barazzone’s watch.

Barazzone has been an outspoken advocate of single-gender campuses, even as she helped the school’s transition to co-ed in order to help it survive.

She says in a statement that she hopes “Chatham maintains the pace and daring of innovation and non-traditionalism which has marked its last two decades.”

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