Brian W. Casey plans to step down as president of DePauw University after the 2015-16 academic year to take the same position at Colgate University in Hamilton, New York, DePauw officials announced Thursday.
Casey has been president at the private, liberal arts college in Greencastle since 2008.
DePauw said it will immediately begin a national search for a successor to become the 20th president in the school’s 178-year history.
““I love, and will always love, DePauw University,” Casey said in written remarks. “My service to DePauw students, faculty, staff and alumni will always be something that I cherish. During the past seven years, we have done much to improve the university. I know the institution is in a strong place and DePauw’s next president will, I believe, have an excellent platform upon which to build.”
Casey previously was employed as associate dean for academic affairs in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences at Harvard University and as assistant provost at Brown University.
Casey is credited with overseeing DePauw’s biggest capital campaign in two decades. “The Campaign for DePauw,” which kicked off in 2014, has already raised more than $225 million toward a $300 million goal.
DePauw, which has about 2,200 students, has seen its endowment grow more than 50 percent during Casey’s tenure, to $640 million.
“We are deeply thankful to President Casey for his leadership and dedication to DePauw,” Marshall W. Reavis, chairman of the DePauw University Board of Trustees, said in a written statement. “The vision and dedication of his administration has made the college we love stronger in just about every measure available.”