UMD dean announces retirement plans

By KBJR News 1

May 12, 2014 Updated May 12, 2014 at 9:24 PM CDT

Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com) - The dean of the Swenson College of Science and Engineering is retiring after 14 years at UMD.

James Riehl announced Monday his last day as dean will be June 30.

Enrollment grew 49 percent during Riehl's tenure and the number of degrees awarded grew 85 percent.

He was also instrumental in the addition of 12 new programs as well as the construction of two new buildings in 2005 and 2010.

"I've heard a lot of nice comments lately about the impact that my term as dean has had and it's been pretty amazing," he said.

Although he is stepping down as dean, Riehl will still teach part-time at UMD as well as finish two books he has been working on.