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Margaret Lee, president of Oakton Community College in Illinois, announces plans to retire in 2015

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Oakton Community College president Margaret Lee

For the past three decades, Margaret Lee has presided over Oakton Community College, first as vice president of academic affairs before she took over as president of the college 14 years ago.

This week Lee announced plans to retire from her lifelong career in college education administration when her current contract expires in June 2015.

Lee said she announced her decision to end her career at Oakton nearly 18 months ahead of the contract expiration to give the Oakton Board of Trustees ample time to search for a replacement.

After announcing her plans to retire to colleagues during the Feb. 18 Oakton Community College Board of Trustees meeting, Lee said she felt “blessed” to have served the college and Skokie community for 30 years.

“Oakton, its people, and its students, are woven into the fabric of my life and the life of my family,” Lee said.

Lee joined Oakton in 1985 as vice president of academic affairs. She became the college’s third president when she was promoted to lead the school in 1995.
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