University of Holy Cross president Dr. David “Buck” Landry, who over the past five years has transformed the 103-year old New Orleans educational institution from a small neighborhood college to a fully accredited university, announced his retirement by June 30 or whenever the board of trustees selects his successor.
During Landry’s tenure, Our Lady of Holy Cross College was renamed the University of Holy Cross, launched its first doctorate programs, expanded many of its master’s programs and restructured the school’s governance while increasing overall student enrollment.
Landry, who turns 76 this year, is credited with the fundraising, planning and construction of the university’s 60,000-square-foot residence hall – the school’s first dormitory – which injected the campus with a new spirit of growth and vitality.
He also spearheaded the construction of the new 7,000-square-foot Health Science Center, which will be home to the expanded undergraduate and graduate health care programs.
Landry plans to stay on board until his successor is installed and assist with the transition of the new administration.