Laura Schweitzer, the founding president of Business Council member Union Graduate College, has announced plans to retire. Schweitzer plans to stay on as president while a national serach for her successor is completed.
The graduate college was established as an independent college in 2003 by the state Board of Regents and adopted its name three years later to reflect its Union College heritage.
A new president is expected to take her place before next September.
The graduate college recently completed a strategic plan that emphasizes collaboration with businesses to develop programs.
The graduate college recently introduced collaborative programs with two other Business Council members—a business of energy certificate program for National Grid employees to get business and management training and to understand the financing of the energy industry and a master’s in healthcare data analytics in partnership with MVP Health Care, which pays for its employees to take courses.
Schweitzer also serves on the board of the Capital Region Regional Economic Development Council, sits on the executive committee of the Center for Economic Growth and is secretary of the board of trustees at Ellis Medicine.
She plans to stay at those posts following her retirement from the college.