Wyoming’s first female college president has announced her retirement. Dr. Jo Anne McFarland told the Central Wyoming College Board of Trustees last week that she will retire effective June 30, 2014.
McFarland began her career at CWC in 1970 as an instructor and was named president in March of 1989. She was the first CWC employee to receive a 40-year service award.
In a letter to the board, McFarland outlined a number of college accomplishments including expansion of improved learning spaces with the completion of the Intertribal Center and the Health and Science Center.
“It is at this joyful high point for the college that I have decided to retire,” she wrote in the letter. “I have always believed that the college should be enhanced by my presence, but not diminished by my absence.”
McFarland said she is leaving the institution with a “strong and capable board, an experienced and talented administration and a hardworking and dedicated faculty and staff. I strongly believe that the college will nurture the seeds of possibility already planted and see these seeds of possibility burst into full bloom.”
The board has scheduled a meeting in January to develop a search process.