CMU President Subra Suresh Steps Down June 30

  • By Aude Marjolin
  • 2 June 2017

Subra Suresh will resign as president of Carnegie Mellon University on June 30, making his tenure the shortest in the school’s 117-year history and placing it in uncharted waters as it seeks a new leader for the second time in less than five years.

In a letter Thursday to the CMU community, he wrote, “My wife Mary and I have reflected on the long-term commitment needed to implement the university’s strategic plan, and we feel Carnegie Mellon would be best served now by a president who is ready to make that extended commitment to generating resources and guiding the university toward reaching these objectives.”

Mr. Suresh has been at CMU for four years.

His brief statement to campus made no reference to a new position. Officials said they had no information about that, nor could they elaborate on any separation agreement between Mr. Suresh and the University.

Jim Rohr, chairman of the CMU Board of Trustees, sent a letter to the Carnegie Mellon community about the resignation. “I have had the privilege of working with Dr. Suresh throughout his time at Carnegie Mellon, and I want to thank Subra and his wife, Mary, for their many contributions to the university. Subra’s vision has left an indelible mark on CMU, and he has assembled a strong and diverse leadership team that is well-positioned to build on the momentum at Carnegie Mellon.”

He said the board of trustees would appoint an interim president “who can continue to build upon the spirit of ‘One CMU,’ with a special emphasis on supporting the university’s outstanding faculty, students and staff.”

Terry Hartle, senior vice president with the American Council on Education in Washington, D.C., said he was not familiar with the situation at CMU, but said an early departure in the president’s office adds a note of uncertainty for any large organization, including a university. “Obviously, it’s a disappointment and presents some challenges the university was not expecting.”

Read the full article including Subra Suresh's letter here.