Butler Community College President Dr. Jackie Vietti plans to retire at the end of 2012. Vietti, BCC's first female president, has led the college for 17 years.
President Vietti made the announcement to a gathering of nearly 500 faculty and staff during Butler’s Fall Institutional Development Day on Tuesday afternoon.
"It has been my most rewarding professional as well as personal experience to serve as the president of Butler for the past seventeen years,” said Vietti. “I have been afforded the opportunity to work beside truly exceptional individuals inside and outside the college, all of whom have invested selfless time, energy and thought in making our corner of the world a better place."
One of the largest projects during Vietti's tenure was the completion of the new $12 million BG Products Veterans Sports Complex. Vietti was involved in numerous programs during her tenure, including the Achieve Kansas initiative, a partnership involving 16 institutions of higher education with the common goal of increasing post-secondary certificate/degree completion rates.
"Butler is the college it is today because of the steadfast people who have believed and invested in its pure learning power,” said Vietti. “What an honor and privilege it has been for me to work beside the individuals who have made Butler and our region a better place for all."
BCC's Board of Trustees has implemented Butler’s presidential succession plan. The board appointed Dr. Karla Fisher interim president. Fisher is currently the school's Vice-President of Academics.