CWC President Jo Anne McFarland (center in green) at the 2012 ground breaking of the now-completed Health and Science Center.

(Riverton, Wyo.) – After more than 40 years with Central Wyoming College, 25 as president, Jo Anne McFarland has announced her retirement effective June 30, 2014.

In her retirement letter presented to the CWC Board of Trustees Wednesday evening, McFarland reminisces on the success of the college over the last few decades.

“It is at this joyful high point for the college that I have decided to retire, effective June 30, 2014,” she wrote. “I have always believed that the college should be enhanced by my presence, but not diminished by my absence. With a strong a capable board of trustees, 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.”

In her letter, McFarland pledges to help the board through a smooth transition.

“Thanks for believing in me and for the honor of serving you, our students, and our communities,” she continued. “It has been a grand and joyful adventure. I truly believe that the college will continue to flourish in the future, perhaps in new and exciting ways.”

An all faculty and staff meeting has been scheduled for tomorrow morning for McFarland to address the college community with details regarding her retirement, the board’s process for naming an interim successor, and the steps the board will take to search for a new president.

See McFarland’s complete letter to the board below. More details about her retirement and the future of the college will be reported as they come available.

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