Bowdoin College president to resign next year

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PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Bowdoin College President Barry Mills said Monday that he will resign in June 2015 after 14 years of leading the private liberal arts college.

Mills, 63, is the college's 14th president. The 1972 Bowdoin graduate said he isn't retiring and will seek another "professional challenge."

"I believe it is time for me to make way for new leadership to propel Bowdoin into its next period of greatness," Mills said in a statement.

College officials said the members of a search committee that will find a new president will be named in May. The committee will include faculty, staff, alumni, and students, said Deborah Jensen Barker, chairwoman of the college's board of trustees.

Mills is a Rhode Island native who went on to earn a doctorate in biology from Syracuse University and a law degree from Columbia University.

He served as deputy presiding partner of the New York City-based law firm Debevoise & Plimpton before becoming president of Bowdoin. His wife, Karen Gordon Mills, was administrator of the U.S. Small Business Administration from 2009 to 2013 and is now a senior fellow at Harvard Business School and Harvard Kennedy School.

Bowdoin, located in Brunswick, was founded in 1794 and has about 1,800 students.

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