The Linfield Board of Trustees will establish a search committee to advise it on selecting a successor.
In announcing her retirement, Bull said the completion of the capital campaign this June makes it an opportune time for change at Linfield College.
"These have been wonderful, exciting and challenging years," she said. "We have experienced extraordinary growth, with the campus more than doubling in size. Some of our most exciting changes have come in the academic arena with the strengthening of the Linfield curriculum. It’s been a privilege to work with a dynamic faculty, talented students and a staff that is dedicated to Linfield, in a community that displays its commitment to the college throughout the year."
Prior to coming to Linfield, Bull served in the Department of Economics at Drew University in Madison, N.J., for over 30 years. She has served as an advisor, consultant and trustee for a number of institutions of higher education, for corporations and for a variety of government and non-government organizations on a local, statewide and national basis. They include the Oregon Independent College Association, Oregon Independent College Foundation, United Methodist Church, Fred Meyer Foundation, Fred Meyer Board of Directors, World Affairs Council, McMinnville Downtown Association, Rotary Club, McMinnville Water and Light Commission, American Council on Education, National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities, and the W. F. Albright Institute of Archaeological Research in Jerusalem. She helped organize the College of Management and Administration of Africa University in Zimbabwe and is a former trustee of that university.
For over 30 years she worked with her husband, Robert, on archaeological expeditions in ancient Palestine. She served as registrar and treasurer of the Joint Archaeological Expedition to Caesarea Maritima, Israel, a project her husband directed.
Richard Ice, chair of the Linfield Board of Trustees, expressed gratitude to Bull for her outstanding service to Linfield.
"Dr. Bull has guided Linfield during a period of unprecedented opportunity and challenge," he said. "The college has become stronger during her tenure in terms of academics, the quality of students and faculty, financial resources, and reputation and stature."
In addition, Ice said Bull’s tenure had been marked by the dramatic expansion of the McMinnville Campus, with the acquisition and development of the former Hewlett-Packard property.
"Her vision of what the college could become, and her tireless efforts to engage others in turning this dream into a reality, stand among her greatest achievements," he said. "In large measure, thanks to her leadership, the college has raised more than $70 million in gifts during the seven-year capital campaign that will end this June.
"All of these successes, the result of many individual contributions and of considerable teamwork, bear the imprint of her leadership," Ice said.
Although Bull has no specific plans at present, she will work toward a smooth transition into the next administration.
"During the next 16 months, I am committed to working closely with everyone associated with Linfield to help make this an even stronger and more vital living and learning community," she added.
Bull is Linfield’s 18th president and the first woman to be named to the post in the college’s history.