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McHenry County College President Vicky Smith to retire

CRYSTAL LAKE – McHenry County College’s top executive is retiring at the end of the year.

College President Vicky Smith made the announcement to the McHenry County College Board of Trustees at its meeting Monday evening. Her retirement will be effective Dec. 31.

“It is with mixed emotions that I made this decision,” Smith said. “I am very proud of where McHenry County College is today. Because of our progress, I feel that this is a good time to enter into retirement and accomplish some other personal goals that I have for myself.” 

The Board of Trustees will begin discussions about a process for selecting the college’s next president over the next several weeks. 

Smith began as president in August 2010 and is credited with implementing a five-year strategic plan and formalizing other planning efforts, including educational, facility and information technology master plans, according to a news release.

“We all wish Dr. Smith well in her retirement and offer our appreciation for her efforts and contributions during the past five years,” board Chairman Ron Parrish said in a news release. “During her tenure, the college has moved forward in its service to the students and the community, and the upgrading of our campus.”

Smith raised the hope in the release that the college’s leadership will continue to plan for the future by establishing the programs, services and facilities that the college needs to remain competitive.

During her retirement, Smith plans to stay active and engaged through community involvement opportunities.

She also intends to spend time with family and travel. 

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