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April 14, 2011

Bates president stepping down

The president of Bates College, Elaine Tuttle Hansen, is stepping down from her position this summer to take a leadership post with another educational institution.

Hansen, who has been at the helm of the liberal arts college in Lewiston since 2002, will resign in July to accept another position with an undisclosed institution, according to Roland Adams, the college's spokesman. Adams said there should be an announcement within a week revealing Hansen's new post.

In her nine years at Bates, Hansen built a reputation for bringing diversity to the 156-year-old college, and strong financial and organizational leadership. She was also active in civic affairs in the Lewiston-Auburn area, where she lives with her husband and two daughters. Adams said he expects her new appointment will require her to move. Hansen succeeded Donald Harward, who held the president's post for 13 years.

Adams said the Board of Trustees will develop criteria for the new president and convene a committee to conduct a national search. In the interim, Nancy Cable, dean of enrollment and external affairs, will serve as interim president.

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