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Viterbo President announces retirement

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Viterbo University President Rick Artman announced his retirement date Tuesday after leading the institution for more than a decade.

Artman said he'd step down at the end of the 2016-17 academic year on June 30, 2017.

In a statement, Artman said he already has plans.  “I will be 68 at retirement and my wife Joan and I are looking forward to spending more time with our family.”

He also said of his time at the university, “We are enormously grateful to the Board of Trustees and the Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration for inviting us into this wonderful university community and beautiful region. It is a joy to be part of the Viterbo University community where there is a deep and common commitment to our students’ success and to our Franciscan values.”

Artman came to Viterbo in 2006 to replace Bill Medland as president. 

During his tenure, he led the university in a $42.5 million capital campaign that saw the construction of the School of Nursing Center, adding new graduate programs, and doubling the number of athletic teams from seven to 17.

In the statement from the university, Viterbo's Board of Trustees is starting the process of finding a replacement for Artman. 

“On behalf of the Board of Trustees and myself personally, I want to thank Rick and Joan Artman for their outstanding service to Viterbo University over the past 10 years,” said Kent Handel, chair of the Viterbo Board or Trustees. “Thanks in large part to Rick’s leadership and the many advancements made at the university during his tenure as president, Viterbo is well-positioned for the future. I have no doubt Viterbo will attract a fine leader to succeed President Artman.”

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