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Mississippi College President Lee Royce will retire in May.

Royce announced his plans to college trustees on Monday and later sent a message to faculty, staff and students.

Royce has led the 5,200-student Baptist institution since 2002. He says his achievements include increasing enrollment, which was 3,200 students when he came to MC from Anderson University in South Carolina. He also cites boosting Mississippi College’s endowment from $36 million to $81 million.

Trustees aim to hire a new leader by fall.

Royce says he and his wife, Rhoda, plan to retire to a location near their son in Virginia.


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