Calhoun’s Beck Announces Retirement as College’s President


Retirement Effective December 31, 2014

Decatur, AL -- Calhoun Community College President Dr. Marilyn Clark Beck has announced her plans to retire from the college, effective December 31, 2014.  The announcement was made to the college’s faculty and staff during a college-wide meeting on Wednesday.

As the fourth president and first woman president of Calhoun, Beck came to the institution in January 2003.  During her tenure at Calhoun, the state’s largest two-year college, enrollment skyrocketed to an all-time high of more than 12,000 in 2010, the physical landscape of the college’s Decatur campus was literally transformed, and the college has become financially stable.

The completion of a $44 million construction and renovation project at the Decatur campus resulted in two new state-of-the-art facilities (the Health Sciences Center and the Math/Science/Administration building) as well as major enhancements to landscaping, parking, and signage.  Upgrades were made to the Huntsville campus, which is now set for a $34M construction/renovation project.  A groundbreaking event for the project is planned for December 5, 2014. 

In the more than 12 years Beck has been at the College’s helm, Calhoun has realized a number of other significant accomplishments.  The College is home to the Alabama Center for Excellence in Green Energy Technology (which house’s the state’s first and only associate’s degree in Green Energy Technology); the $70M Alabama Robotics Technology Park, a partnership with the state of Alabama, AIDT, and various robotic vendors: and through a partnership with Athens State University, created the Alabama Center for the Arts, located in downtown Decatur.  Groundbreaking for the art center’s second phase was held in July; construction is expected to take approximately 18 months to complete.  Additionally, during Beck’s tenure at Calhoun, the college has been awarded millions of dollars in state and federal grants and secured the institution’s largest donations to the Calhoun Foundation:  a $1 million cash gift and a $1.8 million family bequest.

As a direct result of Dr. Beck’s leadership, Calhoun has successfully positioned itself to support the region’s workforce development efforts and is now recognized as one of this region’s most successful economic engines.

Commenting on her decision, Beck said, “As I have told the Calhoun family on several occasions, having the opportunity to work with this team has truly been one of the greatest joys and accomplishments of my life.  This very talented and committed group of students, faculty and staff are among the best anywhere, and I will miss working with them.

However, I know that I will be leaving Calhoun in very capable hands, and I look forward to following the institution as it continues in the great work that it has done in this community, region and state.”

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