William D. Huston to retire on June 30
CATHARINE, Ky. (Feb. 9, 2015) — St. Catharine College president William D. Huston announced that he plans to retire when his contract expires at the end of June. Huston has been with the college for 18 years.
“My upcoming 68th birthday this month coincides with the end of my contract in June,” Huston said in a letter he issued to the college community. “After much thought and prayer, I have made the decision to not seek renewal of my contract and to transition into retirement from my presidency at St. Catharine College. I have been very blessed to have had a professional career that has included 40 years in higher education and a 36-year career in the U.S. Navy and U.S. Coast Guard.”
When Huston first came to St. Catharine College, it was one of two remaining junior colleges in Kentucky. During the last 18 years, the school has transitioned from offering two-year degrees to offering four-year and graduate degrees.
“When he arrived, there were less than 150 students and an operating budget less than $250,000,” said John Turner, chairman of the St. Catharine College Board of Trustees. “Today enrollment exceeds 775 full-time and part-time students, with over280 residential students and an annual operating budget that exceeds $12 million. The campus currently has seven buildings constructed in the last 18 years that represent over $32 million invested. Total investment, including renovations, infrastructure and athletic facilities, is $35 million.”
New additions to the campus during Huston’s tenure include the Emily W. Hundley Library, the Richard S. Hamilton Health & Science Building, the Spalding Student & Community Center, Aquinas Hall, Althaire Hall, Dominic Hall, Siena Hall and the Cambron-Ice Clock Tower. The college also acquired over 90 acres of adjoining land, as well as two houses.