- Associated Press - Wednesday, October 12, 2016

HENDERSON, Tenn. (AP) - Freed-Hardeman University says president Joe Wiley will retire at the end of this academic year.

In a statement, Wiley says he will retire effective June 1, 2017, after nine years as president of the West Tennessee university.

Freed-Hardeman Board of Trustees Chairman John Law says the board will begin planning for the succession process at its fall meeting.

During Wiley’s presidency, the university has received the three largest gifts in the school’s history. The university’s endowment has grown to more than $50 million.

The Anderson Science Center, Heritage Commons, Bader Green, Bucy Tower and Hope Barber Shull Academic Center also have been added to the Henderson campus during Wiley’s time as president.

Wiley says he is confident that the university “is well positioned for the future.”

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