Fort Lewis College president to step down in 2010 |

Fort Lewis College president to step down in 2010

DURANGO, Colorado – Fort Lewis College President Brad Bartel plans to leave his post when his contract expires June 30, 2010.

The college Board of Trustees said Monday that Bartel was not requesting a new contract and is leaving to pursue new opportunities in higher education.

Fort Lewis, a four-year state college in Durango, has about 3,700 students.

Bartel had applied earlier this year for the presidency of the University of Central Arkansas but later withdrew.

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Bartel became president of Fort Lewis in 2004. During his tenure, the college boosted student retention and graduation rates and Native American enrollment. It also raised about $4.5 million for a renovated student union building scheduled for completion next year.

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