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Utica University President to retire next academic year

Posted 8/23/22

In an email sent to the Utica University community on Monday, the academic institution announced the upcoming retirement of its president, Laura Casamento.

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Utica University President to retire next academic year

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UTICA — In an email sent to the Utica University community on Monday, the academic institution announced the upcoming retirement of its president, Laura Casamento.

“It is with these feelings of gratitude and privilege that I share with you that this academic year will be my last as president of Utica University,” Casamento said. “After many conversations and careful consideration with my husband, I informed the board of trustees on Friday that I will be retiring on July 31, 2023.”

In her reasoning for her departure, Casamento explains that her family has suffered through losses, dealt with life-threatening illnesses, welcomed new additions to her family, and said that the timing for her retirement felt right.

According to her biography on the university’s website, Casamento joined the university in 2004 as vice president for institutional advancement, later becoming executive vice president and chief advancement officer, working her way up to president of the university by Aug. 1, 2016, replacing then-president Todd Hutton and making history as the university’s first female president.

Casemento’s leadership dealt with major changes to the university during her years as president, including several expansion projects to the campus, overseeing the emergency response to the COVID-19 pandemic and the institution’s transition from Utica College to Utica University.

“Having reflected over the summer about all of what we’ve accomplished together over the past six years and the opportunities and challenges that lie ahead, I’ve concluded that the timing of this decision, after what will be seven years as president and nearly twenty as a member of this community, still seems about right,” Casamento added.

With her final academic year about to take place, Casamento has provided a detailed transition plan to the university’s board of trustees and noted that the university’s board chair, Robert Brvenik will soon provide details regarding a search for her successor.

In the meantime, Casemento’s focus during her final academic year will be to make sure the university continues towards of path of success.

“I can proudly assure you that the work of ensuring this strong university thrives in the future will continue to have my undivided attention, energy, and commitment.”

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