Dr. Glenn Mayle will step down as president of Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College effective Oct. 1, the school announced Wednesday.

Mayle has been president of NEO since Jan. 1, 1998.

“It has been an honor to serve this institution, the students and this community for the past 10-plus years,” Mayle said. “I will forever be grateful for this opportunity, and I am confident this college's brightest days are ahead.

“The past 18 months have been very difficult for my wife and me, as we have lost seven family members. We both needed time to be closer to our families.”

Under Mayle's leadership, NEO has undergone significant capital improvements over the last decade, including a new student activities center and music building. Mayle also oversaw the disaster recovery from last year's ice storm and floods.

Flooding last summer caused $15 million in damage to 14 buildings, raising questions over whether the school would be ready to open in the fall. Classes started on schedule, and the gymnasium and health sciences buildings are now being remodeled.

In addition, NEO's 10-year accreditation from the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools was recently renewed, which Mayle said is a tribute to the staff, faculty and administration.

Mayle said he is proud of his accomplishments, and “cannot say enough about this community.”

“They have been extremely supportive of this administration through thick and thin. I couldn't be more proud of what we have accomplished together.”

Mayle also praised the faculty, staff, students and Oklahoma A&M Board of Regents.

“The board oversees five separate institutions, and I can honestly say they are deeply supportive of each and every one,” he said. “NEO has always appreciated the support they've shown our college.”

Mayle said he looks forward to spending more time with his family. He and his wife, Ethel, have children and grandchildren in Arizona, California, Texas and Florida.

Doug Burns, chairman of the Oklahoma A&M Board of Regents, praised Mayle for his leadership at NEO.

“Dr. Mayle has served NEO and the entire A&M system with great dignity and steady leadership,” Burns said. “The positive impact he has made has been both deep and wide. We wish Dr. Mayle the very best and are forever indebted to his service.”

Burns said a national search for Mayle's successor will begin soon.