Pratt Community College President William Wojciechowski has resigned after serving 24 years as the leader of the college.
Ken Van Blaricum, president of the PCC Board of Trustees, said he read Wojciechowski's letter of resignation with considerable sadness during the regular Trustee meeting Monday night at the college.
Wojciechowski said he was leaving with mixed emotions. He had spent 24 years of his life working to provide a worthwhile education for the PCC students.
He appreciated all the support he received from the Trustees, the administration, the faculty and staff. He said he was leaving the college in good hands.
"It was the best 24 years a person could spend," Wojciechowski said.
The resignation is effective as of Jan. 30 but Wojciechowski said he remain with the college until July 1 in order for the college to find a successor for the position.
Ironically, earlier in the evening, the Trustees voted unanimously, without discussion to appoint former PCC Trustee Darrell Shumway to fill out the term of former Trustee Ed Wiltse who moved and had to resign from the Board.
Shumway was on the board that helped choose Wojciechowski as president some 24 years ago.
"It was one of the best choices the college has ever made," Shumway said. "He's leaving some big shoes to fill."
Van Blaricum said the Board would actively move ahead to find another strong leader for the college and appointed Trustees Darrell Shumway, Michele Hamm and Mike Koler as a steering committee for the search.
Van Blaricum also wanted to establish another committee made up of faculty, staff and community members to help select the next president.
During Wojciechowski's last official meeting as president, USD 382 Superintendent Suzan Patton and USD 382 Board Member Bill Skaggs discussed the relationship between the two institutions and how they could be come stronger.
"We are interested in different ways we can work together," Patton said.
The two institutions already share facilities such as Zerger Field and the PCC gym.
With the push towards Common Core Studies and Kansas superintendents pushing to use ACT for testing students, the college and Pratt have many opportunities so seek out ways to work together, Patton said.
"We need to share instructors, especially in hard-to-fill positions," Wojciechowski said.