Well, it's official -- Sheridan College President Kevin Drumm has accepted a position as president of Broome Community College in Binghamton, New York.
In a media release issued by the college this morning, Northern Wyomig Community College District Board Chairman, Bruce Hoffman, stated that the board wants "to thank Kevin for his commitment of time and energy over the past six years." He added that Sheridan College is a "very healthy institution and they have accomplished a tremendous amount under Kevin's leadership. We want to thank Kevin and his family and wish them good luck in the future."
During Drumm's time as president, the entire service area, which includes Johnson, Campbell, and Sheridan Counties, has seen positive change and growth. In addition to a district-wide enrollment increase of almost 20% (full-time equivalency), the endowed assets managed by the Sheridan College Foundation have grown from about $5 million to $18 million.
Other initiatives implemented during Drumm's presidency include the addition of 20 new academic programs, the acceptance of NWCCD into the AQIP accreditation program of continuous quality improvement; the completion of a number of major building projects, including the Technical Education Center and Carter Health Sciences Center in Gillette, and new student housing facilities on both campuses; the addition of Sheridan College Main Street and the Johnson County campus; and the Big West Arts Festival in Sheridan and the Donkey Creek Jazz Festival in Gillette.
Also in the statement, Drumm is quoted as saying that the decision to accept the position was "the hardest decision of my life," adding that he and his family "love Wyoming and especially all the friends we have made here and also our wonderful colleagues."
The NWCCD Board of Trustees will meet in an executive session tonight. They intend to appoint an interim president no later than January 3, 2010. The board will be seeking input from key stakeholders following their meeting on Tuesday night.
Drumm's last day will be January 15, 2010.