trustees are beginning the presidential search process, it announced Wednesday in a press release.
President Kathleen Schatzberg is set to retire in July 2012.
"After agreeing to stay in the position for the past two years, through extremely difficult financial times, President Schatzberg has given the Board her formal notice of retirement, and the Board has been making preparations to select her successor for some time," the release stated.
The trustee board chair Christopher Oddleifson initiated the search process by sending a letter to the Department of Higher Education Commissioner advising him of the search.
The note stated how President Schatzberg’s helped transform the institution in regard to its teaching and sustainability - the school is a LEED certified building, which was constructed with state funds and built with envrionmental responsiblity in mind.
Chairman Oddleifson noted, “In addition, under Kathy’s leadership, the College has embraced the demographic changes on the Cape, and has become a leader and mentor to other community colleges around the country in engaging the “Plus 50” population, providing both academic and workforce-related classes and support programs to help this growing group succeed in the new economy.”
The note to the commisoner of higher education is the first step in beginning the search process. The board will next appoint a search committee.
From the release:
Dr. Kathleen Schatzberg has been president of Cape Cod Community College since 1998. Previously she served in both administrative and faculty positions in community colleges in New York and Minnesota; as an English teacher in urban, suburban and rural public secondary schools; and in the private sector in market research and microform data storage. She is passionately committed to the multiple missions of community colleges – for both career training and the liberal arts; as “democracy’s colleges” and instruments of social justice; and as centers of cultural and civic engagement for their communities. She earned her Bachelor’s at the University of Nebraska and doctorate at Hofstra University.
Within the region, she serves on many boards: Cape Cod Chamber of Commerce; Hyannis Rotary Club; Workforce Investment Board;Cape Cod Community College Educational Foundation; Cape Cod Center for Graduate Education; Cape Cod Business Roundtable; and the American Association of Community Colleges’ Task Force on Sustainability. She belongs to many human rights and social justice organizations, including NAACP; Fellowship of Reconciliation; League of Women Voters; American Association of University Women; Pax Christi; and Call to Action, among others.