SHERMAN, Tex. - A longtime Texas college president is stepping down. Mystic Matthews spoke to Austin College President Dr. Oscar Page about his decision to leave.
Dr. Page was kind enough to sit down with me to talk about his decade and a half at Austin College and to explain why now is a good time for him to step down.
Dr. Page announced Tuesday morning that he will step down as President June 30th of next year.
He began at Austin College 14 years ago and by the time he leaves next year, he will have served AC for 15 years.
Dr. Page says he is proud of the college's accomplishments during his tenure. Those include expanding the study abroad program, improving the environment on campus, the construction of five new buildings and the remodeling of ten others.
Dr. Page says he is also very proud of the students because they are what makes the campus so great. “Just to be able to provide leadership at a quality Liberal Arts College such as Austin College, that has a great reputation nationally and one that has a tremendous potential for the future."
Dr. Page says he chose now as a good time to step down because he anticipates the conclusion of the college's strategic plan and he thinks AC is ready for a new season of leadership.
Once he leaves AC, Dr. Page plans on doing higher education consulting, but plans to stay in Texoma.