Published: Nov 04, 2011 5:06 PM EDT
Updated: Nov 04, 2011 11:09 PM EDT

The following statement was read by Dr. Kenneth P. Walker, District President, at the Board of Trustees meeting Friday, November 4, 2011:

"During the last board meeting, there was a sentiment expressed by some members that you would like in have a discussion regarding accelerating my succession plan. I have given a lot of thought to the events of the past several months and the effect that they are having on the college and my family.

l have served this college faithfully and passionately with total dedication for the past twenty years. The record of achievements speaks for itself and I have deep feelings of gratitude for all my colleagues who have worked so diligently to expand opportunities for a college education to thousands of students. As members of the board, administration, faculty and staff have changed over the years, one thing has remained constant: WE ALWAYS DO WHAT IS BEST FOR OUR STUDENTS.

Because of my love for this college and our students, I am willing to propose, at the next board meeting, changes to my succession plan that will include an earlier date for my retirement. I believe that it is vitally important that there be a clean and orderly transition to the next presidency which will ensure the continuing integrity of the college and avoid any acrimony or disruption.

I recognize our mutual responsibility and obligation to each other and, in that light, I am committed to fully exploring a mutually beneficial conclusion to my presidency which will enable this outstanding college to move forward with its vision and mission."