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Retiring Community College CEOs
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Marsha DrennonState Fair Community CollegeMissouri
Marsha Drennon, who has led State Fair Community College (Missouri) to record enrollment and an expansion of course offerings on campus and online, will retire as president on June 30, 2013. Her nearly 10-year tenure has included an $8-million capital campaign, which enhanced the college’s allied health programs, provided more student scholarships and built a new science and allied health center. Drennon previously served as vice president for institutional advancement and executive director of the San Juan College Foundation at San Juan College (New Mexico). She plans to return to New Mexico and do consulting work with community colleges, assisting them with fundraising and resource development.
Retirement Year: 2013
Karen RafinskiClark State Community CollegeOhio26
Karen Rafinski, president of Clark State Community College (CSCC) in Ohio, plans to retire in June 2013. Over her 16 years at the helm of the college, enrollment has more than doubled, CSCC expanded to more locations and it has developed closer ties with local businesses. Between her CSCC presidency and her previous presidencies at higher education institutions in Minnesota, Rafinski has spent 26 years as CEO at three institutions and 41 years in higher education. Her national honors include being named the 2008 Outstanding Community College President by the Association of Community College Trustees and receiving the 2003 Shirley B. Gordon Award of Distinction from the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society.
Retirement Year: 2013
Barbara WoodleeKennebec Valley Community CollegeMaine
Barbara Woodlee is giving retirement another try. Woodlee, who retired in 2010 as president of Kennebec Valley Community College (KVCC) in Maine, returned earlier this year as the college’s CEO after two national searches did not yield viable candidates. Woodlee, 65, said that she plans to retire as CEO in December but will serve on as a part-time academic officer for the Maine Community College System. She joined KVCC in 1976 as director of adult education at then-Kennebec Valley Vocational Technical Institute. She was named president of the college in 1984. Woodlee started her higher education with a two-year degree from Cazenovia College in New York.
Retirement Year: 2012
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