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Sue Darlington, President, Announces Retirement

Marina Hsieh, Chair, Trustees of Deep Springs, and Dan Fulwiler, Deep Springs 85, Chair, Presidential Search Committee, share Sue Darlington’s decision to retire at the end of this academic year. Their letter to the extended community follows.

October 23, 2022

Dear Friends of Deep Springs,

Last week Sue Darlington told the Trustees of Deep Springs that she would be retiring as the President of the College at the end of her current contract, next summer. Sue has had an extraordinary career in academia, having served for more than 30 years as Professor of Anthropology and Asian Studies at Hampshire College, where she also served in various leadership roles.

Sue came to Deep Springs at a unique time, and accomplished much during her tenure. She was the first female president of the College, and shepherded the school through crucial years in the transition to a fully coeducational institution. She has overseen the recruitment of several accomplished faculty members, deepening the school’s ambitious academic program. Her devotion to creating an amazing staff has been equally thoughtful, and the College will have an amazing “staffulty” during this time of transition.

Sue led the College safely through the Covid-19 pandemic, ensuring that the entire community remained safe and healthy while continuing the academic program even through difficult circumstances.

She has overseen the construction of the new Boarding House and much needed new faculty housing. These facilities will position the college well for its second century.

We wish Sue all the best in her “retirement.” Though she may be stepping away from the full-time working world, we know that she will continue to devote her considerable skills to the larger academic community and to the betterment of humanity.


Marina Hsieh, Chair, Trustees of Deep Springs
Dan Fulwiler, DS 85, Chair, Presidential Search Committee