“Now in my seventh year as president of Ripon College, I look forward to a semester where I can recharge my batteries and pursue my academic interests.”

   This is what Ripon College President Zach Messitte said when he announced in an email addressed to alumni and friends that he would go on sabbatical for the 2019 spring semester.

   It’s an opportunity for Messitte to not only rejuvenate but to travel, lecture and work on his next book.

   In his absence, the college will be shifting around duties to existing staff members until Messitte returns.

   This is the first time in more than 20 years a Ripon College president has taken such a sabbatical; the last recorded sabbatical by a Ripon College president was Bernie Adams in the early 1980s.

   Though it may not happen often, it’s not unusual for a college president to do so, according to Ripon College Vice President of Marketing and Communications Melissa Anderson.

   Read the full story, including the research Messitte will conduct while on his sabbatical, in the Nov. 1, 2018 edition of the Ripon Commonwealth Press.