UNA Trustees Begin Search For New School President

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UNA President William Cale

FLORENCE, Ala. (WHNT) – A nine-year tenure as president of the University of North Alabama is coming to an end for William Cale.

Cale has officially announced his retirement, and Monday morning, the UNA Board of Trustees discussed the announcement and where to go from here.

President Cale came to the University in 2005, and said he takes pride in all the accomplishments he’s been able to be a part of at the school.

“We’ve done tremendous things at UNA,” stated Cale. “We have not only built a lot of buildings which are very visible, but we have made a lot of internal policy changes, we’ve strengthened academic programs.”

Cale said it will be difficult to leave the many projects he’s been able to get completed, as well as the ones that are just getting started.

President Cale spearheaded the effort to build a $25 million science and math building currently under construction.

“The decision to retire from the presidency was certainly a difficult one, but one that I think was the right decision for me and my wife,” Cale said.

President Cale said he and his wife plan to stay in the Shoals area, and they look forward to spending more time together, something they haven’t been able to do.

Cale’s last day as UNA president is July 1, 2014.

However, the trustees decided Monday to allow Cale to stay on as President Emeritus through the end of 2014.

UNA trustees plan to appoint a 16-person committee to search for a new school president, and tentatively want to make a hiring announcement by December.