Rufus Glasper, who has served for nearly 13 years as chancellor of the Maricopa Community Colleges in Arizona, announced his retirement Wednesday.
Glasper is accepting a position as the president and chief executive officer of the League for Innovation in the Community College, a nonprofit international organization that serves and advises two-year institutions. The league's current president and CEO, Gerardo de los Santos, announced he will step down in February.
Glasper has worked at Maricopa for more than 29 years and was named chancellor in 2003. He's watched as the state has completely pulled all state funding for the community college district, but also transitioned into finding new revenue by partnering with large corporations.
"This decision was not an easy one," Glasper said, in a memo to employees. "I believe that the many organizational and academic initiatives that are now in motion throughout the Maricopa Community Colleges are well on their way to enhancing the district's position as a leader among community colleges nationally."
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