Jim Borsig has served as the president of the Mississippi University for Women for seven years; today, he has announced that he will step down on June 30th, the end of the 2018 fiscal year. In a letter released to the public, Borsig said that he informed the Commissioner of Higher Education and Board of Trustees that he will be stepping down and says that he leaves his position content with what they accomplished during his term as the University’s 14th president.
“Since this job doesn’t come with an expiration date or a win-loss record, it’s up to the president to know when it’s time. For me, that time is now,” Borsig said. “Anticipating your questions, I want you to know that I am healthy, in good spirits, and looking forward to what comes next. I know there is (always) more work to be done, but I leave content in the knowledge that I have done my share.”
During his seven years, Borsig says that enrollment management has led the higher graduation numbers, a return to intercollegiate athletics brought new energy and a new curriculum has revamped the liberal arts programs. Borsig sees a bright future for the University.
“The university is financially sound, our enrollment strong, and the future bright. Serving as president of The W is without question the highlight of my career, and I am grateful for every day I have worked with you to change the lives of our students,” Borsig said. “I am proud of what we have accomplished. Hard work has been done overhauling the curriculum, developing new and refocusing existing undergraduate and graduate academic programs, and finding efficiencies to enable the university to shift resources to new opportunities.”
Borsig concluded the letter by saying that he, and his wife Kate, will spend their time in Maine following his term.