In an all-campus email, President Barry Mills announced this morning his decision to step down from his role at the conclusion of the 2014-2015 academic year. Mills has been at the college since 2001; in 2011 he announced plans to remain at the college for at least five more years

To the Bowdoin Community:

I informed the Board of Trustees this morning that I will step down as president of the College next June at the conclusion of the 2014-15 academic year. 

Anyone who knows me knows how much I love leading Bowdoin, and Karen and I and our boys are proud citizens of Brunswick. It is the honor of a lifetime to serve as president of this fantastic College, which is as strong today as in any period during its proud history. In fact, it is because of this strength and because of my affection for the College that I choose to step down next year. Transitions are inevitable, and after what will be 14 tremendous years as president, I believe it is time for me to make way for new leadership to propel Bowdoin into its next period of greatness.

For me, this is not a retirement, as I fully intend to seek another professional challenge. I don’t know what life has in store, but I have reinvented myself several times during the course of my career, and I am eager to see what comes next.

When the time comes, the Board will name a search committee for my successor that will include representatives from the student body and from faculty, staff, and alumni. There will be plenty of time later to look back on our time together, but not now. For now, it must be full speed ahead to preserve access and opportunity, and to strive constantly for the excellence that sets Bowdoin apart.

So, back to work and Go U Bears!

With very best wishes,


Barry Mills