Biola president announces retirement

LA MIRADA — Dr. Clyde Cook, president of Biola University, announced his retirement May 30, in a short statement circulated to the University faculty and staff.

"I feel that it is time to pass the baton of leadership of Biola University to the next person to whom God has given the privilege and responsibility to serve as president," said Cook.

The retirement will be effective on June 30, 2007, after which he will serve as president emeritus.

Cook was appointed as the seventh president of Biola in 1982 and will have served 25 years in that role; however, his presence on the university campus has been felt for more than a half century since enrolling as a student in 1953.

The Board of Trustees accepted Cook's resignation and offered this statement: "It is with deep love and appreciation for Dr. Cook's long and sterling service as President of Biola University, and our complete respect for his walk with the Lord that the Board of Trustees honors Dr. Cook's request to retire from the President's office, effective June 30, 2007. We pray God's richest blessing on Clyde and Anna Belle in the days and years to come."

Cook said that, by announcing this decision now, it will allow the Board more than a year to set up the process for selecting a new president and provide for a smooth transition.

Biola University was founded in 1908. Currently, there are 145 academic programs offered, from B.A. to Ph.D., through six schools.

Enrollment reached more than 5,600 during the past academic year.