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Paul Smiths President John Mills will step down in June 2014. Photo: Paul Smith's College
Paul Smiths President John Mills will step down in June 2014. Photo: Paul Smith's College

Paul Smiths president Mills to retire: "best job I ever had"

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The president of Paul Smiths College says he'll retire next summer, after more than a decade leading the school north of Saranac Lake.

John Mills, who first joined the college in 2000 as vice president of academic affairs, led the effort to transform Paul Smiths from a two-year college to a four-year program.

In a statement issued late yesterday, Mills called his time at Paul Smiths "the best job I ever had."

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Brian Mann
Adirondack Bureau Chief

He said higher education is going through a great change and that was time for "a new leader" to help with the transition.

Over the last decade, the Paul Smiths College campus has been transformed with new buildings and redesigned dormitories.  The school has also built a $22-million endowment.

Phillip Saunders, head of the college's board of trustees, praised Mills in a statement and said that the a committee will meet tomorrow to begin the search for a new president.

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