Hood College President Ronald J. Volpe will resign June 30, after more than a decade at the helm of the Frederick school.

Volpe led Hood's transition to co-education a year after being appointed president in 2001 and oversaw an enrollment increase of more than 1,000 students, the college said in an announcement of his resignation.


Hood also credited him with increasing endowment to more than $80 million, retiring most of its debt, adding several academic and athletic programs, renovating campus facilities and building a multipurpose recreation and athletic center.

The private, liberal-arts college has received more than $130 million in gifts during Volpe's 13 years as president, during which he visited alumni in nearly 100 cities from California to Maine.

Hood did not give a reason for his departure, but Volpe said in a letter to students and faculty that "leaving is inevitable."

"This was a very difficult and emotional decision," he wrote. "I cannot imagine life without Hood College. I love this job; I love this institution and the many individuals associated with it, especially our students."

The board of trustees said it will begin a nationwide search for Volpe's replacement this summer.