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Longtime Hutch Community College prez to retire

HUTCHINSON, Kan. (AP) -- Longtime Hutchinson Community College president Ed Berger is retiring next summer.

The Hutchinson News (http://bit.ly/1j9JAvz ) reports that Berger made the announcement Thursday night, saying it was the right time for new leadership. The 68-year-old Berger has been at the college since 1981, serving as dean of continuing education before becoming president in 1991.

Berger says the most rewarding part of the job has been providing students access to opportunity.

Under Berger's direction, the college has seen a 60 percent increase in enrollment over the past decade. It enrolled more than 6,100 students this fall.

Berger says the timing of his departure is good because the college's enrollment is stable and building projects are in place. He says the college's board is experienced and qualified to hire a new leader.

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Information from: The Hutchinson (Kan.) News, http://www.hutchnews.com