Hanover College President Sue DeWine will retire in June 2015.

DeWine announced her decision at a meeting of the college's Board of Trustees last week.

She will have served eight years as president of the college. DeWine is the 15th president in Hanover's 187-year history and only the sixth since 1879.

"In a few short years, Sue DeWine was able to make Hanover College an exciting place of higher education, said Hanover board chair Phillip D. Scott. "The attitude on campus is remarkably positive, and the future of the college is bright. She led us through challenging times and will leave a lasting legacy of growth and enthusiasm."

"I think the timing is right for me to retire as we will celebrate the end of a successful capital campaign this fall and have successfully implemented initiatives from our first strategic plan," DeWine said in a press release. "It's time for new leadership to implement the many ideas in development that will continue to chart Hanover's future," she said.

During DeWine's tenure, freshman enrollment has increased by 40 percent, and student diversity has grown from 4 percent to 15 percent in the incoming classes. International students have increased to more than 4 percent, while overall enrollment has climbed to more than 1,160 - a 20 percent increase since her inauguration.

DeWine has served on the Board of Trustees for the Indiana Historical Society, and is a board member of the INTERnet for Indiana that strives to retain Indiana talent by increasing the quality and quantity of internships across the state. She is past president of the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Council of Presidents and executive board member for the Independent Colleges of Indiana.

DeWine earned a doctorate in interpersonal and organizational communication and consulting psychology from Indiana University in 1977. She received a master's degree in rhetoric from Miami University (Ohio) in 1967 and a bachelor's degree in English and education from Miami in 1966.

Prior to joining Hanover, DeWine served as provost at Marietta College (Ohio) from 2000-07, where she oversaw all academic and support units.

DeWine served as a professor at Ohio University from 1985-2000 in organizational communication, and research and consulting. She served as the director of the School of Interpersonal Communication from 1988-2000.