East Stroudsburg Univ. President Announces Retirement

Posted: 2:36 PM EDT Aug 17, 2011   Updated: 4:38 AM EDT Apr 14, 2011

The president of East Stroudsburg University now has his sights set on retirement.

Robert Dillman announced Thursday his plans to step down on June 30, 2012.

Dillman, who became the 12th president of ESU in 1996, said he was making the announcement now to ensure the school has ample time to complete a number of projects and search for his successor.

?My years at ESU have been highly rewarding, and I look forward to a productive final year at ESU," Dillman said in a written statement released by the university. "At the same time I am also looking forward to spending quality time with my wife, Roseann, and our children and grandchildren."

During Dillman?s tenure, the university said its enrollment has grown from 5,500 to 7,400 and applications for admission have risen to 8,000.

The university has also added a number of academic programs, including bachelor?s degrees in art and design, athletic training, exercise science, and biotechnology.

?Hopefully we will find someone who will continue the improvements which have occurred during the tenure of Dr. Dillman," said Patrick Ross, chairman of the ESU Council of Trustees. "His accomplishments have transformed the university?s campus and physical plant and enhanced its reputation for excellence as an academic institution."

Prior to his presidency at ESU, Dillman was president of Fairmont State College in Fairmont, W.V. He also served as a faculty member, vice president for academic affairs, and acting president at Bridgewater State College in Massachusetts.