- Associated Press - Wednesday, September 9, 2015

NEW LONDON, N.H. (AP) - Colby-Sawyer President Thomas Galligan Jr. says he will step down after 10 years in office when his second term ends in 2016.

He made the announcement at a Sept. 1 meeting for faculty and staff.

Galligan, who says he has no plans yet, was dean and a professor of law at the University of Tennessee College of Law when the Colby-Sawyer Board of Trustees picked him to be the private college’s eighth president in 2006.

During his tenure, Galligan worked to make the college to become a more diverse campus. The number of majors nearly doubled under his leadership and the college launched online education programs and revamped its curricular requirements. Colby-Sawyer also opened the School of Health Professions.

The college hopes to name a successor in February.

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