Dr. Lewallen announces retirement in September and start of search

Publish Date: 
Jan 4, 2019

On Jan. 4, after 40 years as a professional in higher education, I announced my intention to retire as superintendent/president of the Hartnell Community College District, effective Sept. 30, 2019. Hartnell is about to begin its second 100 years, and I believe a new college leader should help chart that future.

Given the growing success of our students, the momentum of Measure T's $167 million for new and modernized facilities, the anticipated seven-year renewal of our accreditation following an evaluation visit in March, and the launch of our new five-year Strategic Plan, this feels like the right time to pass the leadership reins.

The Governing Board will begin a national search process, with the goal of having a new leader in place when I step down. Michele and I love the Salinas area, and we look forward to continuing to explore all it has to offer. We intend to remain involved in the community, and I likely will do some teaching and consulting, as well. Passion for education is a hard habit to break. It has been my honor and privilege to serve our students, our communities and our employees. I look forward to our work together in the months ahead--- and to an enduring legacy of success for Hartnell College.