By The Associated Press
CLEVELAND — Delta State University president John M. Hilpert will retire Dec. 31 after nine years at the helm of the school.
The 64-year-old Hilpert made the announcement in a statement released by the school Thursday.
Hilpert says he will stay until a new president is named.
Hilpert was named Delta State’s seventh president Sept. 1, 2003. He came to DSU after six years as president of Northern State University in Aberdeen, S.D.
In a 35-year career in higher education administration, Hilpert also has been executive vice president and acting president of the University of South Dakota and as a vice president of Thiel College in Pennsylvania and executive assistant to the president of Suomi College — now Finlandia University — in Michigan.