The Heidelberg University Board of Trustees has announced that, in accordance with terms of President Robert H. Huntington’s 2012-17 employment agreement, his contract has been extended an additional year.
In making the announcement, Board Chair Sondra G. Libman explained that Huntington was given a rolling contract designed to automatically turn into another five-year contract at the end of the first year and every year thereafter. As a result, Huntington’s new contract has been extended to June 2018. Libman said she looks forward to many more such extensions.
“There is a valued relationship between the board, President Huntington and the entire Heidelberg community,” Libman said. “We wish to have this relationship endure as Heidelberg continues to build its rightful place in the upper echelon of colleges and universities.”
Huntington began as Heidelberg’s 14th president in July 2009. He and his family have put down roots, and embraced the opportunity to join the Heidelberg and Tiffin communities. He is currently serving as the chair of the Board of Trustees of the Seneca Industrial and Economic Development Corp. and is a member of the Tiffin Rotary.
Huntington said he looks forward – with optimism – to continuing the progress Heidelberg has made toward its two long-term strategic goals of improving academic excellence and the student experience. During his tenure, the university has completed five renovation and new construction projects, including Adams Hall, the Media Communication Center, the first new residence hall in 60 years and The University Commons with its Fireside Café Pub, and the Saurwein Health & Wellness Center. The next project would be construction of an athletic stadium and alumni center, built around Mayer Field. A fundraising campaign is under way and detailed architectural plans have been developed for the project. Additionally, two facilities – Beeghly Library and the Bryenton Center for the Honors Program – have undergone major renovations, and landscaping and parking areas have been reshaped to better serve the campus and the community.
The university, under his guidance, also has made great strides toward its $75 million goal in the Academic Comprehensive Campaign for Excellence, a multi-level initiative that will transform the academic landscape at Heidelberg. ACCE is the key piece of the university’s Strategic Action Plan. Over five years, dollars raised through the campaign will deliver critical academic resources in four areas: people, infrastructure, programs and facilities.
Since Huntington’s arrival, several critical academic initiatives have been implemented, including the AIM Hei Faculty-Student Mentoring Program. Faculty have introduced new majors in health sciences, self-designed studies and engineering physics and a new pre-med program is in place. Significant program changes have also enhanced the Academic & Career Support Center and the study abroad program.