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Tuesday, June 27, 2017 - 12:42pm

Cory L. Duckworth, president of JCC, has announced that he will retire at the conclusion of the 2017-18 academic year.

Dr. Duckworth, who informed JCC’s board of trustees of his decision earlier this week, began serving as the college’s eighth president in 2013.

“Professionally, my tenure as president of JCC will forever be considered one of the most exceptional experiences of my life,” said Dr. Duckworth, whose 33-year career in higher education has included leadership positions at several other colleges and universities.

In a message to staff and faculty, Dr. Duckworth noted that he and his wife Elva plan to return to Utah where most of their children and grandchildren reside.

“I am deeply grateful for the singular honor to have served with all of the dedicated and talented members of the faculty, staff, and students of this remarkable college,” Dr. Duckworth said. “JCC is a precious community asset which continues to enhance the lives of thousands of students each year. Its contributions to the region’s educational, social, and economic well-being are substantial and very much needed.”

Dr. Duckworth’s five-year contract with the college expires in summer 2018. The board of trustees is expected to begin a search for a new president soon.

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