Washtenaw Community College President Larry Whitworth: The time is right to retire
Washtenaw Community College President Larry Whitworth is expected to submit his resignation at Tuesday's Board of Trustees meeting, ending a 12-year career leading the growing college.
"The whole idea of submitting my letter (Tuesday) is to let the board start the process of hiring a search firm and finding the next president," Whitworth said. "I've been talking to them for some time about this. The goal is to have an orderly process and transition."
Whitworth will stay in his position until the end of the academic year, college officials said.
“He has been a remarkable visionary for the college, a steadfast advocate for students and a respected community leader,” college spokeswoman Janet Hawkins said this afternoon.
Whitworth said that after being in an administrative position in various colleges since 1967, he's looking forward to returning to the classroom somewhere, giving himself some more flexibility.
"I was thinking about retirement last year, but we had a change in our vice president for instruction, so I thought I should stay on," Whitworth said.
He also said it's a good time for making the transition.
"We are completing the final renovation of the last building on campus. When that's done, every building will have been renovated in the last 10 years. We're in reasonably good financial shape. We have an outstanding faculty."
Also on the agenda for the 4 p.m. meeting is establishing a search process.
According to documents included in the board packet for Tuesday's meeting, the board plans to accept Whitworth’s resignation, adopt the search process, form a presidential search advisory committee and possibly hire a search consultant.
The advisory committee will consist of faculty, staff, students and community supporters. It will be used to work with the consultant to recruit and screen candidates.
The board also plans to hold an open forum on the position in October.
The timeline included in the board packet calls for the advisory committee to present the board with a list of all the candidates and six to eight recommendations in January.
The board would then develop a list of finalists in January and February and conduct public interviews in hopes of making a selection in March.
Whitworth earns $206,308 in base salary.
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