May 22, 2018
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Longtime Thomas College president to step down in June

The Associated Press

WATERVILLE, Maine — The longtime president of Thomas College has announced plans to step down.

George Spann announced Monday that he plans to retire in June after 23 years on the job to spend more time with his grandchildren and do volunteer work.

The 68-year-old Spann was widely credited with revitalizing the school.

Trustee Conrad Ayotte told the Morning Sentinel that Spann took over a “small, struggling school” and “turned it into a vibrant college poised for significant growth and a tremendous future.”

Spann stabilized the school’s finances, stepped up student recruiting, broadened and strengthened academic programming, oversaw a building boom and grew the endowment to $6.5 million.

The college will undergo a nationwide search for its next president.

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