DUE WEST, S.C. (WCSC) - The president of Erskine College and Seminary is retiring from the South Carolina school. Randall Ruble is stepping down June 30 from the school in Due West, between Anderson and Greenwood.
The school's president made his final official scheduled appearance at a Board of Trustees meeting Friday and expressed gratitude to the institution's governing body.
Ruble told the board he was grateful for the opportunity to serve his alma mater as its 14th president, and went on to praise the first lady who has assisted him.
"One of the greatest things that has happened in my life is marrying my wife Molly 51 years ago," he told the board in thanking the music department for its concert in honor of the Rubles the night before. "I thank God for that gift."
Ruble said he has served Erskine College and Seminary in many capacities through the years and he has also served the Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church in various roles, including a stint as moderator of the General Synod.
"One of the great honors and privileges of my life has been serving as president of this institution," he said. "It really is a calling."
Looking back on both the challenges and joys of the last several years, Ruble said he thanked God that he is still standing as he nears the end of his tenure.
As Ruble headed back to his seat at the board table, he was given a standing ovation.
Later in the meeting Mitchell spoke briefly about the search for Ruble's successor. The board has a meeting tentatively scheduled in May, at which time Mitchell said he is hopeful that the primary topic of business will be to call Erskine College and Seminary's 15th president.
The school has 600 students and was founded in 1839 by the Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church.