Nebraska Wesleyan President Fred Ohles announced this week that he will retire in 15 months.

Ohles, 64, has led the private university in Lincoln since July 2007. He will retire on July 1, 2019.

Susan Gourley, chairwoman of the college’s board, said Ohles has produced strong enrollment, new programs, better facilities and solid fundraising.

“Nebraska Wesleyan is prospering, thanks to President Ohles’ leadership and tireless devotion,” Gourley said in a press release. The college enrolls roughly 2,000 students.

In its statement Thursday, the university credited Ohles with many achievements. Those include adding master’s programs; creating a criminal justice degree for traditional undergraduates; expanding study-abroad options; and overseeing several construction projects: the Duane W. Acklie Hall of Science, which will open in early 2019; residence hall renovations; a nursing skills lab; and an athletic practice facility.

He also launched the public phase of a $62 million fundraising campaign last year.

Ohles said in the press release: “Nebraska Wesleyan consistently outperforms any plausible expectations of what could be accomplished here,” — Rick Ruggles

Rick covers higher education for The World-Herald. Follow him on Twitter @RickRuggles. Phone: 402-444-1123.

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