At the recent Board of Trustees Meeting, Dr. Phillip O. Barry, president of Mesalands Community College, announced his plans to retire in the fall of 2011.
“Having served as the president of Mesalands Community College for the past 15 years, I can say it has been the most challenging and rewarding experience in my 31-year career in community colleges,” Barry stated in a letter to Board of Trustees Chairman J. Bronson Moore. “I leave the college with fond memories and appreciation of the community, the employees, and the Board of Trustees that gave me the privilege to lead Mesalands Community College.”
The Board of Trustees presented a prepared statement regarding Barry’s retirement and reflected on his many accomplishments while president of Mesalands. “On behalf of the board, it is with mixed feelings that we accept Dr. Barry’s retirement plans. Dr. Barry has served with great distinction since June 17, 1996. He and his wife, April, have accomplished numerous projects and provided outstanding service for our community.”
The board announced their plans to begin the presidential search for Dr. Barry’s successor. Their goal is to have his replacement on board by July 1, 2011.