Henry Givens To Retire From Head of Harris-Stowe State University


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After 32 years on the job, Henry Givens Jr. is ready to throw in the towel. The president of Harris-Stowe State University since 1979, Givens announced this morning that he's ready to retire.

During his helm as president, the college expanded its degree programs to fourteen and built up its midtown St. Louis campus from one building to eight, including a new student center and residence halls. Givens is also known for serving as chairman of the state's Dr. Martin Luther King Celebration Commission and for his fantastic mustache -- sitting there so high off the lip.

"Today is a bittersweet day for me," Givens said today in a statement. 

"I am so proud of what my team has been able to accomplish during my tenure at Harris-Stowe. But I know for certain, this is only the beginning of greatness for Harris-Stowe State University," he said. "As I transition into retirement, I look forward to working with the next president of the University to help them build on the foundation that has been laid. I will be handing over the keys to a true gem of an institution within the St. Louis community. And I look forward in my retirement to continuing to see the University grow and prosper, as well as being able to spend more time with my family."

The school is now looking for a replacement for Givens, who hopes to give up his position by the fall.