Clarion University president leaving after next year

Written by The Associated Press | Jun 5, 2017 12:23 PM

Courtesy of Clarion University

(CLARION) -- Clarion University's president says she's stepping down at the end of the next academic year.

Karen Whitney has been president of the state-owned school for eight years.

The school about 70 miles (112.7 kilometers) northeast of Pittsburgh has about 5,200 students.

The school is one of several in the 14-school State System of Higher Education that's struggling with declining enrollment.

Clarion's enrollment has dropped 29 percent since 2010.

Whitney is the longest-tenured president in the state system.

The resignation announced Monday is effective June 30, 2018.

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