Charles "Chick" Dassance announces decision to retire as president of College of Central Florida
March 30, 2011
College of Central Florida President Charles "Chick" Dassance announced Tuesday that he will retire effective sometime this summer.
Dassance made the announcement at the CF District Board of Trustees meeting on Tuesday, stating it's time to end his 15 years at the helm of the college.
Community leaders said Tuesday that Dassance, 65, will be missed. Dassance said he wants to help the college with the transition.
Dassance is known for saving the Appleton Museum of Art, his community involvement and his commitment to providing workforce opportunities.
He led the college out of one of its darkest periods into prominence and record enrollment in just 15 years, community leaders say.
Just last year, Central Florida Community College was officially renamed College of Central Florida — CF for short. The reason for the name change is that the college will now offer bachelor's degrees in specific areas.