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Rooney to Step Down as Spalding President

The President of Spalding University says she’ll step aside at the end of the next school year. Jo Ann Rooney was named president of Spalding in 2002, when the school was operating on a three-and-a-half million dollar deficit.She’s credited with turning the school around financially and turning the deficit into a surplus.Board of Trustees Chairman Carl Thomas says they’re putting together a search committee to find her successor.“What I’d like to think will happen is that now that the university is on sound financial footing, we can focus on other areas with a higher degree of emphasis," he says.Thomas says some of those goals specified by the search committee could be improving the campus or building enrollment. He says they’d like to have a successor named by the end of this year, for a six month transition period.