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Nazareth College President Daan Braveman to retire next year

Nazareth College

Nazareth College President Daan Braveman has announced that he will retire next year.

When Braveman completes his 15-year tenure in June 2020, he will be Nazareth College's longest serving president.

"This was an extraordinarily difficult decision for me as I have tremendous love for this school. I firmly believe that Nazareth has precisely the values and mission that are needed in higher education," said Braveman. "Yet, a change in leadership is beneficial for an institution. It creates opportunities for fresh ideas, for new energy, and for heightened levels of excitement. So too, I believe that change is good for individuals, making room for renewal, new experiences, and personal growth."

Braveman was inaugurated as president of Nazareth College in 2005, and helped  create and execute the 2020 Strategic Plan, which set an eight-year course for the College that enabled Nazareth to grow and change.

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College officials say that before Braveman's tenure, Nazareth hadn't built any new buildings in more than a decade, and there are now eight new or renovated buildings to support the College's more than 60 undergraduate academic programs and 25 graduate programs and to improve the student experience.

"The successes Nazareth College has reached over the last 15 years are a direct correlation of the leadership style and qualities of Daan Braveman," said Nazareth College Board of Trustees Chairman Sergio Esteban, CEO of LaBella Associates. "Daan has an innate ability in developing a vision and focusing on its execution by humbly seeking ideas and achieving support from his senior team and the entire Nazareth Community."

Braveman's previous career was in civil rights law. Braveman joined the faculty at Syracuse University College of Law in 1977 and served as Dean from 1994-2002.

Nazareth's Board of Trustees and senior staff will use the coming year to launch a national search for the College's next president, who would be expected to start July 1, 2020.

Randy Gorbman is WXXI's director of news and public affairs. Randy manages the day-to-day operations of WXXI News on radio, television, and online.