Culver-Stockton College president to retire

Culver-Stockton College will have a new president beginning in the fall of 2014.

According to a press release from the school, Richard Valentine announced his retirement on Friday. It will become official June 30 of next year.

"I feel blessed each day to be given the responsibility as leader of the College, however I need to start a new chapter in my life with my family," Valentine said in the release.

Valentine took over as the 25th president of the college in 2009. He was the first alumnus to hold the position in the 160-year history of the school - Valentine graduated in the Class of 1970.

Under his guidance, the school received several facility upgrades, while alumni participation rose to an all-time high. The school also received its largest single-donor gift of $2 million during Valentine's tenure.

The college plans to keep Valentine on staff for up to a year to assist in alumni relations and fundraising planning.

The search for a new Culver-Stockton president will begin immediately.