GREENVILLE — Furman University’s president is leaving after less than three years in office.
Board of Trustees chairman Richard Cullen said Tuesday that Rod Alan Smolla (SMOH’-lah) would step down June 30 for personal reasons.
The school’s alumni association hailed Smolla as a “rock star” when he was sworn in as Furman’s president in October 2010.
Smolla was dean of law schools at the University of Richmond and at Washington and Lee before coming to Furman. During his tenure, Furman officials say admissions applications increased by 30 percent.
Furman says alum Carl Kohrt will serve as interim president. Trustee Robert Hill will chair a search committee for the school’s next president.