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Dr. Charles Florio announces retirement for 2008

Posted: 05.14.2007

Welcome... Dr. Charles Florio, president of Northeast Texas Community College, has announced his intention to retire in 2008.

A special meeting of the NTCC Board of Trustees will be held Monday, May 14 at 4 p.m. to discuss employment criteria and consider hiring a consulting firm to conduct the search for a new president.

"It is customary in higher education to give the board a year of notice. I will be 70 years old on my next birthday and I have decided that it's time to retire," Florio said.

Florio came to NTCC in May of 1995 as interim president and was named president in December of the same year. His 12-year tenure is the longest in the history of the college.

"I've enjoyed my career in higher education. It's been a pleasure to work with the students, faculty and staff. Not too many people get the opportunity to lead an institution of higher education and I feel grateful for having had that chance. Now it is time to let someone else have that opportunity," he said.

Florio plans to resign in May or June of 2008, which will give the board of trustees ample time to find the right person to take over the leadership of NTCC.

"Hiring a president is the most important decision a board of trustees makes. I want to make sure they have sufficient time to find a replacement and provide some overlap to help make the transition as seamless as possible," he said.

Florio has worked in higher education for 45 years. Upon his retirement, he plans to relax and get reacquainted with his wife, Sue Lynn, who is also recently retired.

"I haven't had time to read as much as I would like," he said. "I plan to drink more coffee and read more newspapers."

As for continuing to work, Florio says he might consider running for a public office at some point. Other than that, he just plans to spend time with his family and enjoy his retirement.

"The students, faculty and staff at NTCC have truly enriched my life and for that I am grateful,"
Florio said. "I will miss everyone, but I feel it is time to start a new phase of my life."

He and his wife plan to remain in Northeast Texas for their retirement.

"This is a beautiful part of the state and we've made many friends here," he said.

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