John Marrin, Lamar Community College's president for the past eight years, has recently announced his decision to retire.
Marrin said that leaving is bittersweet and that he will miss the LCC family, but having spent 40 years in higher education he thought it was time to retire. He made this decision after careful consideration, confident that the college is in great condition.
"Lamar Community College is currently in great shape financially and with a strong strategic plan, which includes our new dorm, the potential for strong enrollment is very real," remarked President Marrin. "We have great faculty and staff, which compare to the best in our state. We have also done an exceptional job of achieving excellent accreditation reviews, and a system is in place to continue those efforts. I feel we are in a great place for my graceful exit and a good hand-off to the next president."
President Marrin has decided to retire at the end of his current contract period, effective July 31, 2016. This timeframe will provide LCC and the Colorado Community College System (CCCS) plenty of time to find President Marrin's replacement and allow for a smooth transition between leadership.
CCCS President Dr. Nancy McCallin praised Marrin's leadership of LCC.
"I would like to thank John for his strong leadership at LCC," commented Dr. McCallin. "We have been fortunate to have someone with his background and experience leading Lamar Community College for the past eight years."
John has served as president since April 2008. Prior to that, he served as the Campus Dean/Chief Executive Officer at the Timberline Campus of Colorado Mountain College. He began his career in higher education in 1977 at Western Nebraska Community College in Scottsbluff, Nebraska, serving in many positions including as a Marketing/Management instructor, the College's Assistant Dean of Student Services, Center Director, and Dean of Business and Individual Training.
In retirement, John plans to enjoy life and pursue a few of his passions. He plans to pan for gold, finish his Route 66 ride on his motorcycle, fly fish, travel, and spend plenty of time with family.
"I will always think fondly of my years at Lamar Community College and I would like to thank all the faculty and staff at LCC for your support and hard work. In the eight years I have served as your president it has been my pleasure working with each of you," remarked President Marrin.
Lamar Community College thanks President Marrin for his years of vision, hard work and dedication to the school.
Moving forward, Dr. McCallin and CCCS will conduct a search for President Marrin's replacement. Information regarding the search will be provided as the process continues.