posted on July 30, 2010 11:43
Genesee Community College President, Doctor Stuart Steiner, will retire next year after 35 years at the helm of GCC.
Steiner made the official announcement this morning in a news release.
Dr. Steiner is the third president of GCC and has been with the college since it was founded in 1967. In that time, he has overseen physical expansion of the Batavia campus, and has helped spread the college to the surrounding counties through construction of 7 satellite campus centers.
Dr. Steiner says all that success for GCC signals a good time to retire.
"It's with mixed feelings," says Steiner, reflecting on his career. "My wife, who passed away almost 2 years ago always urged me: when the time comes to retire, pick the time when the college is functioning at its best. I think her advice is good.
"It's been a part of my life - this is my 44th year here. It's not easy to leave behind, but it's nice to be able to leave when you want to leave, and know that your leaving the place in great shape when you do go."
GCC has done well for its students during Steiner’s tenure, and has also been a boon for Genesee County. County Legislative Chair Mary Pat Hancock praises Steiner for his work.
"His contribution is not only educational, but to the community," says Hancock. "He's been open with us, considering what we can afford and doing an amazing amount with that contribution. It's just made a huge difference; his impact has been felt and will be felt for years to come."
Dr. Steiner plans to retire at the end of August, next year.