Dr. Bruce E. Whitaker retires in July 1989 as president of Chowan College after thirty-two years of service. Located in Hertford County, the school opened in 1848 as a Baptist school for young women. The school suffered through years of difficulty before finally shutting down in 1949 after World War II. Dr. Whitaker was hired in 1957, and under his leadership the school revived. During his tenure the enrollment tripled, and the operating budget rose from $300,000 to $8.5 million. As he retires, Chowan College is recognized as one of the five or six best two-year institutions of higher learning in the nation.