NEW PORT RICHEY — Katherine Johnson, president of Pasco-Hernando State College since 2004, will retire next year.
Johnson revealed her plans in a letter she presented to the college’s board of trustees at a Tuesday evening meeting. Her retirement will be effective June 30, 2015, and the trustees plan to begin discussing the search for a successor next month, the college announced.
In the letter, she called her decision “very bittersweet.”
“It is my hope the timing of this announcement will allow the board ample opportunity to complete the search for and selection of a new president ensuring a smooth transition in leadership by July 1, 2015,” Johnson wrote.
During Johnson’s tenure, the college has opened campuses in Wesley Chapel and Spring Hill, made plans to add bachelor’s degree programs and changed its name from Pasco-Hernando Community College.
Prior to being hired at PHSC in late 2004, Johnson had been president at Nash Community College in Rocky Mount, N.C. She also spent about 16 years working at Indian River Community College, where she rose to the position of vice president and provost of the Fort Pierce campus.
During her interview nearly 10 years ago, Johnson said she was a believer in community colleges because she was a product of one, having attended Florida Community College at Jacksonville before going on to earn a doctorate degree from Florida Atlantic University.