Delta State University Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, Dr. John Thornell officially announced his resignation this morning after 32 years of service to the university.
Thornell has accepted an offer to become the chief academic officer at North Carolina Wesleyan University. He is set to begin his new post July 1.
“Dr. Thornell has given Delta State many years of strong leadership and we are deeply grateful for his service and commitment,” Delta State President, Dr. John Hilpert said. “We are obviously disappointed to be losing him and wish him and his family the best in their move.”
Of his decision to resign, Thornell offered, “Delta State University has been a very important part of my life and my family’s life for the past 32 years, so it is with mixed emotions that I made this decision. I will be saddened to leave the colleagues I have grown so close with over the years, but am excited by the great opportunity that awaits me in North Carolina.”
Delta State, through its Office of University Relations, will release details of its intended search process as the details become available in the near weeks.