SCC President Simone Announces Retirement
At the monthly meeting of the Southeastern Community College Board of Trustees, President Beverly Simone announced that she intends to retire from her post this summer. Terms of Simone’s contract state that she can exercise the option to retire at any time.
Simone said the decision to retire was personal. “With my family in Madison and so many of my close friends retired, I have decided it was time to reclaim personal time.”
Since beginning her duties in the fall of 2005, SCC has experienced growth in facilities and student enrollment. During her tenure, the College built new facilities for its Construction, Welding, and Graphic Communications programs; it opened the Regional Emergency Response Training Facility in Fort Madison; and launched new programs, including Industrial Maintenance Technology, or InTech, on the Keokuk campus and Computer Animation for Television, Film and New Media in West Burlington. SCC also experienced record enrollments in 2010 and 2011, thanks in part to increases in high school dual-enrollment programs and in online course offerings.
Simone added that she is proud of everything that the college has accomplished, “We have built upon the reputation of the institution and increased the services and programs offered to our students and communities.”
Board of Trustees President Brian Roth says the Board is sad to see her go but is grateful for her years of leadership. “While the average tenure of a college president is three years, we have benefited from over six years of Beverly’s service. She has led this college through unprecedented growth in terms of enrollment, new programs, and expanded facilities.”
He added, “We wish her the very best.”
While the details of Dr. Simone’s departure date and the search for a new president have not been decided, Simone will work with the Board to establish a mutually beneficial date.
Simone will continue to serve as president while the Trustees conduct the search for a replacement. “It will take time for the Board to consider their next potential president and there are many critical initiatives currently underway here at the College. I plan to work together with staff and faculty to continue our work so that the Board can concentrate on finding the next president.”
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