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Kopischke to retire as leader of ATCC

Kevin Kopischke, Ph.D., president of Alexandria Technical and Community College (ATCC), has announced that he will retire on July 1, 2014.

Kopischke has served as president since 2004. Under his leadership, the college has experienced significant growth, including record enrollment and a mission expansion to include the associate in arts degree, and was recognized among the best two-year colleges in the nation.

Kopischke’s career in higher education began in 1976. He taught at Alexandria Technical and Community College for 10 years before taking a position as vice president at Central Lakes College in Brainerd in 1986.

In 1991, he returned to Alexandria to serve as vice president of the college until being named president.

In reflecting on his ATCC tenure, Kopischke stated, “The pride and confidence this college and community have in each other sets us apart. Our unique relationship has supported the growth of both ATCC and the community and provided a catalyst for innovation and excellence. It has been an honor and a privilege to play a role in this partnership.”

“Alexandria Technical and Community College is well-known for its focus on student success and an outstanding record of collaboration with business and industry, educational partners, and the community,” said Steven Rosenstone, chancellor of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system. “President Kopischke’s leadership provided the foundation that made that possible. He has had a tremendous impact on the college, the greater Alexandria area, and our state. Kevin has been a great leader, and we wish him all the best in retirement.”

Chancellor Rosenstone has initiated a national search and will visit the campus this fall to consult with students, faculty, staff and community leaders on the desired qualities of the next president.