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Longtime UIW leader Agnese: "Doing great, ready to turn the page"

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Lou Agnese, who transformed a struggling college of 1200 into a bustling university of more than 11,000, was honored Monday night as President Emeritus of the University of the Incarnate Word at a gala in his honor.

"It feels great," he told me. "Incarnate Word has been so much a part of my life, you know I bleed Cardinal Red. And I’m very excited for Incarnate Word for their future. I was able to develop a great leadership team that’s here, in place. And so they’ll keep the ball going down the road and hopefully they’ll find a young, dynamic guy like I was 30 something years ago and take it to the next level."

Agnese came to Incarnate Word in the mid-1980's, but left the President's position a few months ago amid controversy over some comments he made and then concerns about his health.

"It was tremendous stress and strain and overexhausted," Agnese said. " You know, running a university and all the different things that we’re doing and the medical school and everything else, it's just been a lot of stress on me. And the board gave me some time to chill, which was very, very good and now... you know, this is a good part of my life. And I’m ready to turn the page and to do something else."

As for exactly what that next part of his life will be - Agnese said he's going to take some time and look at a number of options.. He also said he and his wife, Mickey, are planning to stay in San Antonio.

Tune into News 4 San Antonio Tuesday evening. Our Randy Beamer will look at Agnese's legacy as President of UIW.

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