ROMEOVILLE – Brother James Gaffney will retire as president of Lewis University in June 2016, the university announced Friday.
Gaffney has been the university's chief executive officer since 1988.
"I decided to announce my plans now so that the board of trustees has amble time to prepare for a transition in leadership, which has not occurred at Lewis in nearly 30 years," Gaffney said in a news release from Lewis University. "It also gives me time to focus during the next 20 months on the completion of numerous projects and initiatives that will continue to advance the university well into the future."
Gaffney discussed his decision with the board of trustee at their meeting on Monday, according to the release. He sent a letter to faculty and staff on Friday morning.
"Lewis University has achieved incredible successes through Brother James' leadership," James LaGrippe, chair of the Lewis University Board of Trustees, said in the release.
LaGrippe noted the growth of Lewis University enrollment to more than 6,700 students, adding "dozens of programs," and "revitalizing the Romeoville campus" as being among Gaffney's achievements.