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University President to Step Down in 2015

Thursday, May 15, 2014

President Ahlburg speaks to H.O.P.E. Hall residents about their service to the community.

President Ahlburg said he leaves Trinity in “excellent shape” for the Fall 2014 semester 

Trinity University Board of Trustees announced this afternoon that President Dennis A. Ahlburg will step down when his five-year contract ends on Jan. 1, 2015. Dr. Ahlburg told Trustees he plans to embark on a one-year sabbatical as soon as a new president can be recruited.

John C. Korbell, the chairman of Trinity’s Board of Trustees, said he and other Trustees asked President Ahlburg to remain in office as president until a national search identifies his successor.

“Dr. Ahlburg has advised the Board of his decision to step down as President of the University at the end of his contract,” Korbell said Thursday. “Dennis has agreed to continue to lead Trinity while we conduct a national search for a new president. Dennis has taken on many difficult challenges and accomplished a great deal over the last five years that will lead to the further advancement of the University as one of the nation’s finest private liberal arts universities."

President Ahlburg said he leaves Trinity in “excellent shape with one of the largest incoming first-year classes in memory” expected for the Fall 2014 semester.

President Ahlburg and his wife, Penelope Harley“When I arrived at Trinity in January 2010, I set out several goals: develop and implement a strategic plan; introduce an innovative curriculum; develop a first-rate entrepreneurship and innovation program; reinvigorate the business program and career services; strengthen ties to the San Antonio community; begin marketing the University; raise the national and international profile of the University; and put a plan in place to rebuild our athletic facilities. These goals have been achieved," he said. In addition, a world-class Center for Sciences and Innovation has been built and plans are underway for the refurbishing of two more important campus buildings.

Ahlburg added, “I have also led a great team that introduced major innovations in recruiting, which resulted in a large and very talented first-year class for Fall 2014. The University is in very good shape.”

“As we have accomplished the goals we set out to achieve together, I am ready to embrace new challenges. I have therefore decided to serve as president through the end of my contract, January 1, 2015, or until a successor president is appointed, but not renew my contract for a subsequent term. It has been my honor, and that of my wife Penelope, to serve this great University and to be part of the dynamic change that has occurred during the last five years.”

“Dennis and Penelope have been wonderful for Trinity and for San Antonio, and we look forward to working with them in future endeavors,” Korbell said, “and we certainly thank Dennis for his service as our president.”

For additional information about Trinity University, please contact asst. vice president for External Relations Sharon Jones Schweitzer at 210-999-8406 or at sjones [at]