Robert Ritschel, president of Spoon River College in Illinois, has announced he plans to retire in July 2012. He has served as the college’s seventh president since August 2005. Among his achievements at the college, Ritschel, 64, cited the construction of centers in Havana and Rushville as important steps in serving the educational needs in those communities. He also noted the new Macomb Outreach Center as being a model for serving the non-credit needs of many constituents throughout western Illinois. Ritschel previously served as dean of the Alpine Campus of Colorado Mountain College and director of the Bootheel Education Center, an extension of Three Rivers Community College and Southeast Missouri State University.