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John Hand Announces Retirement From Iowa Lakes Board

By Staff | May 22, 2008

A 20-year member of the Board of Trustees of Iowa Lakes Community College is stepping down from his post. The Iowa Lakes Board accepted the retirement of John Hand of Emmetsburg during a special session Tuesday, May 20.

Hand, who currenly is serving as the President of the board, will step down from the body effective June 15. Hand has served on the Iowa Lakes Board for two decades representing the Emmetsburg area.

After the meeting, Hand reflected on his service to Iowa Lakes.

“I would just like to say that I have thoroughly enjoyed my 20 years on the board,” Hand said. “Serving Iowa Lakes has definitely been a highlight in my life. Because of recent health problems, my wife and I feel that this would be a good time for me to retire.”

Hand said he would miss the people he has been associated with over the years and then looked to the future.

“Iowa Lakes is a premier institution and it’s future looks bright,” he said.

Trustees who were in Estherville for the teleconference heaped praises on Hand.

“He has done an excellent job serving as board president,” said Trustee Jan Lund. We respect his decision to retire and we wish him well. He has really served his community well.

Trustee Bud Kyle reaffirmed Lund’s tribute to Hand.

“John has been an invaluable board member,” Kyle said. “He has really shown his leadership. I will miss him on the board. He’s one of a kind.

“I wish to echo the comments of John’s fellow Trustees and add that John’s leadership as board president has been a steady and extremely valuable influence both at the board level and in terms of overall college leadership,” said Iowa Lakes Community College President Harold Prior. “In addition, John has represented Iowa Lakes Community College on the Iowa Association of Community College Trustees Board for many years and has served with distinction.”

Also during the teleconference meeting, the Trustees acted on identifying a new board president effective June 16. Jan Lund moved, and Jim Miller seconded to elect Jack Tatman as president. Tatman has served as president of the board in the past.

Jan Lund will remain as vice president of the Trustees.

At the next meeting of the Trustees on Tuesday, June 24, the board will appoint a replacement Trustee for Hand’s term. That individual will serve until elections are held in September. The official organizational meeting occurs a month later in October.