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|CSC President to Retire
|POSTED 6/25/09 7:46pm, UPDATED 9:41pm The man who often refers to the local community college as "the finest community college in the state of Illinois" will leave that institution in a year's time.
The Carl Sandburg College Board of Trustees Thursday night voted to amend the contract of CSC president Tom Schmidt, so that he can retire at the end of June of next year.
Schmidt has been at the helm of the college since the beginning of 2002, and tells WGIL he just felt like the time would be right to step aside -- but more importantly to him, it's the right time for the college, too.
"Because of the most recent board election and the fact that there won't be one now until April of 2011, the board has the primary responsibility to conduct this search and appoint a president," Schmidt said. "Because there won't be elections taking place, during that period of time, they can focus on this primary responsibility."
Schmidt says in addition to stability on the CSC board, he's also proud of the financial stability of the college, despite a continued uncertain future of state funding, and that relations with the college's teachers union are also stable, and will hope to be so when negotiations for a contract extension begin in the fall.
Schmidt has been with Carl Sandburg College since 1991 when he became vice president of business services.
Schmidt's assistant, and secretary to the CSC board, Mary Buckingham, also intends to retire at that time.
The CSC board last night also adopted a budget for the upcoming fiscal year beginning July first.
(Tom Schmidt announces Thursday night he'll retire as president of Carl Sandburg College on June 30, 2010. WGIL News Story and Photo by Will Stevenson.)
|06 26 09 by Newsroom
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