Barbara Beno, president of the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges (ACCJC) for 15 years, will retire on June 30, 2017.
The announcement was sent in a letter from the ACCJC Executive Committee to community college leaders on Sept. 14.
A national search for a new accreditor will take place early 2017.
“I know there will be a lot of conversation and speculation regarding this announcement,” Susan Lamb said in an email. “I ask that the college retains its focus on the vital accreditation team visit that starts Oct. 10.”