LCSC President Announces Retirement


Bittersweet news from Lewis-Clark State College, as President J. Anthony Fernandez announced he will not be returning after this year.

Fernandez publicly announced his retirement on campus Tuesday morning, as he and his wife Diane shared laughs and tears with the crowd, who gave a standing ovation for the man who has been at the helm at Lewis-Clark State College since 2011.

President Fernandez announced he will be stepping down at the end of this academic year.

During his term, LCSC has seen record enrollment and graduates, and Fernandez has begun the groundwork for several new projects, including the $20 million Career and Technical Center to be built next to the new Lewiston High School.

Fernandez says of the future of the college, "The opportunity for this institution, especially with career-technical education, I think, is almost limitless. This institution will be, I think, a center for career-technical education in the region."

He says his successor will have some challenges to face, including financing struggles and low enrollment among higher education institutions nationwide.

President Fernandez's last day will be June 17, 2018.

The Idaho State Board of Education will start the search for his successor right away.

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