Dr. Robert Head received a key to the city from Rockford Mayor Larry Morrissey during a ceremony on his last day as president of Rockford University.
Head says, “It’s a bittersweet moment. On the one hand Rockford University has been a part of me and hopefully I became part of it as well. It’s a great university, a great institution.”
Head took over as president in 2008, during a trying time for the college and the country. He says, “[It was the] beginning of the global economic crisis the university was not on its best footing. And with my colleagues and the faculty staff, we were able to build a strong financial foundation, and build the institution for where it now has a record enrollment.”
He also played a key role in the school’s name change from Rockford College to Rockford University.
Chairman of Rockford University Board of Trustees Thomas Muldowney says, “University and the name university brought … standing for its academics and standing for the different schools in the university.’
Dr. Eric Fulcomer is taking over as president Friday, and he admits he has some big shoes to fill. He says, “We’ve been in the black every year since he’s been here, and that’s a major transformation and has prepared us well for the future.”
Head says he will miss interacting with students the most. He says “Being able to talk to these lively 18, 19, 20 years olds on their goals and working with them every single day.”
Head is moving to Florida next week. He plans to write in his free time.