Benjamin Duran announces he will retire as president of California's Merced College at end of academic year

Merced Sun-Star October 20, 2011
The local boy who made good — some say great — is retiring.

Merced College Superintendent and President Ben Duran, 63, said he's stepping down at the end of the year. Duran, who grew up in a migrant camp in Le Grand, has spent 13 years overseeing the community college campus, one of the longest-tenured presidents in the system. "The time has come for me to move on to the next phase of my life," Duran wrote in a note to "friends and colleagues" in the Merced Community College District.

Aside from the years he spent getting his bachelor of arts degree at California State University, Stanislaus, master of arts from Chapman College and doctorate from the University of Southern California, Duran has spent his entire life and career in Merced County. "For the last couple of years I've contemplated doing something other after my career," he told the Sun-Star, "when I was still relatively young and healthy, and to have an opportunity to do other things that might come down the road."

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