JCC's President Savors The Job Before RetiringPosted: Updated:
It's almost time to say goodbye to Jefferson Community College President Dr. Carole McCoy, who's retiring.
"Tonight will be the last commencement and we're on all the lasts. So I'm going to savor those," said Dr. McCoy.
Jefferson Community College will savor Dr. McCoy's accomplishments for decades to come.
Some are the first things you see when you arrive.
"So she literally left a physical imprint on this campus," said Betsy Penrose, vice president for students at JCC.
JCC's first residence hall and a state of the art learning center are part of that imprint.
"We knew that we needed to modernize some of our concepts around how students engage with each other," said Dr. McCoy.
Also, major renovations and major advances less visible, like bringing bachelors degrees to campus.
"I will take some credit, but gosh, it takes a huge team of people to do this," said Dr. McCoy.
Her staff will miss her approach to getting things done.
"And she also has allowed me to do my job. She doesn't interfere but she supports," said Tom Finch, vice president of academic affairs.
And her down-to-earth style. They say she's the real McCoy.
"She is just a natural born leader but she also is just a person you gravitate towards," said Penrose.
So, after a 43 year career, what's next?
"I'm going to start out by loafing, I really am, I promised. I take piano lessons. I'm not any good, but maybe I'll get a little better. Maybe my pathetic golf game might get a little better," said McCoy.
She says JCC can get even better and predicts it will under Dr. Ty Stone, who starts July 1.