On Monday, the President of Yavapai College, Dr. Jim Horton, sent out an email to various colleagues at Yavapai College which read, "I will ask the Yavapai College District Governing Board to accept my request to retire on December 31, 2010. I have indicated my willingness to stay on until a national search for a new President is completed. This will provide continuity and avoid the need to identify an interim president while the search is conducted. The Board will formally discuss plans for the search process at the District Governing Board meeting in December.
"I feel extremely privileged to have worked with all of you at Yavapai College. I think we have accomplished a great deal and I can truthfully state that this has been one of the most enjoyable periods in my career. The decision to retire is not easy. However, at some point I had to admit that there was a relationship between my thirty year tenure as a community college president and my age. I have grand children scattered across the country that are growing up much too fast. It is time.
"I am fully committed to maintaining the momentum we have on many fronts. I do not plan on losing any of this momentum and will be fully engaged in the business of the college throughout the search process."
Sure enough, the agenda for the Tuesday YC District Governing Board meeting had item numbers 38, 39, which dealt with this topic.
Number 38, an Executive Session item, had listed, "Discussion or Consideration of Term of Dr. Horton's Contract and Potential Retirement."
While employee matters are almost always discussed in private during Executive Sessions, any decisions requiring a vote must be made in public. So, agenda item 39, listed the potential decision, "Consideration and Possible Action regarding Retirement of Dr. James Horton as of December 31, 2010... regarding Potential Employee Lease-back of Dr. James Horton through Educational Services, Inc. beginning on January 1, 2011 and continuing until a Replacement Employee is Hired."
Late word is that Dr. Horton's retirement request was honored by the Board. Further details are yet to be determined.