Longwood University President Resigns for Health Reasons

May 15, 2012

Longwood University President Patrick Finnegan plans to step down because of health problems.

Finnegan has been on leave for several weeks because of health reasons. The university said Tuesday that he submitted his resignation to the Board of Visitors, effective June 30.

Ken Perkins, interim vice president for academic affairs, will continue to serve as acting president. The board will meet soon to appoint an interim president.

Finnegan became the school's 25th president in July 2010 after serving 11 years as a law professor and administrator at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. He also served as the academy's chief academic officer from 2005-2010.

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