Naropa University — the “private, nonprofit, nonsectarian liberal arts institution dedicated to advancing contemplative education” in Boulder, CO, which was founded by Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche — announced yesterday that President Stuart C. Lord will be stepping down from his role on October 16, 2011.
Former President John Whitehouse Cobb will serve as Acting President while a national search is conducted for Dr. Lord’s replacement. For more about the transition, you can read a press release on Naropa University’s official website.
Lord has released a public statement as well:
“I am sure many of you have seen the announcement that I am stepping down as President of Naropa University effective Dec 31, 2011. This was not a simple decision, but it does reflect a time of thoughtfulness and recollection of the good work we have accomplished together and how to open end close the doors in my own life.
“This may seem like a difficult time, but I want to encourage our Naropa community to stop and remember the great things we have done together. We have set Naropa on a financially sustainable path together. We have worked together to implement an academic plan. We have faced several crises, and together we have stood for the vision of Naropa, believing that together, we could make a difference.
“What I said at each of our recent community meetings does hold true, I will forever be a part of Naropa, and Naropa will forever be a part of me. Thank you all for your courage and kindness in making Naropa a wonderful place to be.”
“Answering the Call to Serve,” Dr. Lord’s article from the July 2011 issue of Lion’s Roar, can be read online here.