Former Rowan University President Donald Farish died Thursday after a sudden illness.

Farish, 75, led Rowan University for 13 years, leaving a year earlier than expected in 2011.

Under his leadership, the college in Glassboro constructed new science and education buildings and a 113-unit townhouse-style housing complex.

Farish also helped develop the Rowan Boulevard Project that links the campus to downtown Glassboro, and assembled and acquired the 600-acre west campus near Route 55.

Farish’s death was reported by Roger Williams University in Rhode Island, where he served as president for the last seven years. He was planning to retire when his contract expired next year.

Roger Williams University board of trustees Chairman Richard Bready called Farish’s presidency “transformative.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Staff Writer

I began covering South Jersey in 2008 after graduating from Rowan University with a degree in journalism. I joined The Press in 2015. In 2013, I was awarded a NJPA award for feature writing as a reporter for The Current of Hamilton Township.

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