LA PLUME -- Keystone College President Edward G. Boehm, Jr., has announced that after 18 years at the helm of the Wyoming County private college, he will step down on June 1, 2013. Of the school's nine presidents, Boehm's 18 years will go down as the longest presidential tenure in Keystone College history. According to a college release, at the request of the school's Board of Trustees, he will transition to the role of President Emeritus, continuing to serve the college in various duties on campus and in the community. Keystone will begin a nationwide search for Boehm‚??s successor, with an announcement expected before the end of the 2012-2013 academic year. ‚??It has been a great privilege and honor to serve as Keystone‚??s president for nearly two decades,‚?Ě Boehm said. ‚??During that time, Keystone has grown from a junior college to one of the most respected baccalaureate institutions in Northeastern Pennsylvania." President Boehm began his Keystone tenure in 1995, a time when the enrollment had dwindled to less than 400 students, and the school was in need of an infusion of energy and enthusiasm. Under his leadership, Keystone became a baccalaureate college in 1998 and granted its first bachelor‚??s degree to one student in 2000. Since then, the college has progressed steadily, adding academic programs and attracting more students each year. During the 2012 commencement ceremony, Keystone conferred 355 degrees, the vast majority of which were bachelor‚??s degrees. Keystone‚??s total enrollment is now nearly 1,800 students. ‚??Ned Boehm will go down in Keystone history for his vital role in helping the college survive and prosper when the future was very much in doubt,‚?Ě said Thomas ‚??Tim‚?Ě Speicher, chairman of Keystone‚??s Board of Trustees. ‚??We all owe him a great deal of gratitude for his numerous accomplishments and, most importantly, his tremendous dedication to Keystone College.‚?Ě Prior to his position at Keystone, Boehm was a senior vice president for institutional advancement at Marshall University in West Virginia. He also held senior administrative positions at American University and Texas Christian University. He has a bachelor‚??s degree from Frostburg State University in Maryland and a master‚??s degree and doctorate from American University. Edward and Regina Boehm are the parents of two sons, Evan and wife Melissa, and Andrew and wife Sarah, and grandparents of Grant Edward Boehm and Catherine Beckett Boehm.