Lander University announced today the retirement of Greg Lovins as vice president for Business and Administration. His last day at Lander will be Wednesday, Oct. 31.
"My wife, Claudine, and I are empty nesters, and we want to be empty nesters together," Lovins said about his personal decision to retire.
The announcement marks Lovins' second retirement, as he joined the Lander administration in March 2016 after retiring from Appalachian State University (ASU) in Boone, N.C., where he served as vice chancellor for Business Affairs. His wife and two daughters, who are ASU students, live in Boone.
"While Greg joined us with the expectation of staying for just one year, his commitment extended into nearly three years of dedication and service to this university," said Dr. Richard Cosentino, president of Lander. He will be greatly missed, and we wish him well in his retirement."
During his tenure with Lander, Lovins provided sound leadership that resulted in a host of notable accomplishments, including:
"I have thoroughly enjoyed working here and am thrilled with the accomplishments we've attained," Lovins said. "Working for President Cosentino has been an honor; he cares deeply for Lander and through his vision and leadership our University has grown and flourished. It's especially been fun and personally rewarding to work with amazing colleagues who are so dedicated to making sure Lander's students thrive and that our University succeeds; it will be hard to leave them. This is simply a decision about family for me. I look forward to keeping up with Lander and reading about the continued successes - the future is limitless for our University."
Lovins earned his master's degree in business with a finance emphasis from ASU and an undergraduate degree in business with an accounting emphasis from the University of North Carolina. He is a certified public accountant and his career includes over 30 years' experience in higher education. He served on the Board of Directors of the Southern Association of College and University Business Officers for many years, including a stint as treasurer.
A national search to fill the position is underway. The campus community will have the opportunity to meet the first candidate on Monday, Oct. 22. More details will follow.