Randall O’Brien Announces His Plans to Retire as President of Carson-Newman University

Randall O’Brien, president of Carson-Newman University, has announced his plans to retire, effective Dec. 31.

O’Brien celebrated his 10th anniversary on July 8 as the 22nd president of the Baptist-affiliated liberal arts college in Jefferson City, Tenn.

O’Brien was elected by C-N trustees in July 2008, officially joining the college on Jan. 1, 2009. A native of McComb, Miss., O’Brien was executive vice president and provost at Baylor University in Waco, Texas, at the time of his election.

In a letter to university trustees and others on July 15, O’Brien expression appreciation for his 10 years with Carson-Newman but noted “a new appointed time now arises, a time to enter into a new season of life.” He cited plans for him and his wife to spend more time with their children and young grandchildren.

In the letter, O’Brien thanked the university’s trustees, administrative leadership, faculty, staff and students for their support. He also mentioned a number of other groups including university alumni and friends, Tennessee Baptists and convention affiliation, and other constituencies.

O’Brien also cited the contributions of his wife Kay as “first lady” of the university. “Now is the time for you to give another blessed couple the privilege of serving with you at Carson-Newman,” he wrote. “God will surely bring the right teammates to you. Their gifts will help you take our beloved school of providence and prayer to the next level of excellence.”

He closed his letter to the trustees by noting he is looking forward to the upcoming fall semester. “The future is bright for Carson-Newman,” he wrote. “Let’s make this school year the best ever.”

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Source: Baptist Press