Dr. Mark Hagerott has withdrawn his candidacy for the position of Luther College president.

Sandy Lee and Paul Torgerson, co-chairs of the Luther Presidential Search Committee, issued the following statement Tuesday:

"We are saddened to report that Dr. Mark Hagerott has withdrawn from the Luther College search process. He thanked the Search Committee for its interest in his candidacy and wished Luther success as it chooses a path forward.

"On behalf of the college, we expressed to Dr. Hagerott great appreciation for the time and effort he and Mrs. Hagerott committed to this search process and we wished them well.

"In light of this new development, the next step is for the Board of Regents to consider its options and choose a new course in connection with the college presidency.

"We are buoyed by the strength and commitment of the Luther College community and we will continue to count on your support as we move forward."

After the Luther Board of Regents met last month, Hagerott was named the single finalist to be considered to replace President Richard Torgerson, who is leaving at the end of the school year after 14 years leading the college.

After the Regents met last month, Torgerson and Lee reported that following lengthy discussion, the Regents agreed to continue discussions with a single finalist, Hagerott.

"At the same time, the Regents requested more information and additional engagement in order to make a decision regarding his candidacy."

Hagerott serves as military professor and senior military officer of history at the United States Naval Academy.