Pratt Community College president to retire after 24 years

02/01/2013 8:06 AM

02/01/2013 8:06 AM

After serving nearly a quarter of a century as president of Pratt Community College, William Wojciechowski is stepping down.

He announced this week that he would retire after this academic year.

“It’s about time,” said Wojciechowski, 75.

Although his retirement is effective June 30, he said he will remain at the school until the day his replacement arrives.

“I think having interim presidents can be disruptive,” Wojciechowski said. “It’s hard on faculty and staff to have three different presidents in a year’s time.”

Much has changed in his 24 years at Pratt.

When he arrived in 1989, the school had 50 computers and 700 students. There are now 300 computers on campus and 1,100 attend full time.

Pratt’s nursing program has grown from 30 students in 1989 to the 250 it has this year.

A Pennsylvania native, Wojciechowski came to Pratt following a 28-year Air Force career that saw him retire as a colonel at Maxwell Air Force base in Montgomery, Ala.

He had helped establish the Community College of the Air Force in the 1970s, and taught at the school. One of his colleagues in that effort, Rodney Cox, later went to Butler Community College. Cox told Wojciechowski about the opening at Pratt.

“He told me there would be quite a few challenges,” Wojciechowski said. “I was getting close to mandatory retirement age from the Air Force, so I applied.”

Wojciechowski said he may to do some adjutant teaching in management or human relations at another college or serving as an interim president.

Where doesn’t particularly matter, he said. He and his wife, Terri, have six children and seven grandchildren scattered across the country.

“Wherever we live in the U.S. we’ll have to fly to see them,” he said.

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