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President of Calhoun Community College to retire at the end of the year

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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – The president of Calhoun Community College says she is stepping down.

Dr. Marilyn Clark Beck says she plans to retire from Calhoun effective December 31.  She arrived at the school in January 2003 as the community college’s first female president.

The announcement was made to the college’s faculty and staff during a meeting on Wednesday.

Dr. Marilyn Clark Beck (Photo issued by Calhoun Community College)

Dr. Marilyn Clark Beck (Photo: Calhoun Community College)

“As I have told the Calhoun family on several occasions, having the opportunity to work with this team has truly been one of the greatest joys and accomplishments of my life,” said Dr. Beck. “This very talented and committed group of students, faculty and staff are among the best anywhere, and I will miss working with them.

“However, I know that I will be leaving Calhoun in very capable hands, and I look forward to following the institution as it continues in the great work that it has done in this community, region and state,” Dr. Beck added.

Calhoun is Alabama’s largest two-year college.  Enrollment skyrocketed to an all-time high of more than 12,000 in 2010, the physical landscape of the college’s Decatur campus was literally transformed, and the college has become financially stable.

The completion of a $44 million construction and renovation project at the Decatur campus resulted in two new state-of-the-art facilities (the Health Sciences Center and the Math/Science/Administration building) as well as major enhancements to landscaping, parking, and signage. Upgrades were also made to the Huntsville campus, which is now set for a $34M construction/renovation project. A groundbreaking event for the project is planned for December.