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Holyoke Community College President Messner To Retire


The longtime leader of a western Massachusetts community college is stepping down.

Holyoke Community College President William Messner informed the school’s board of trustees Tuesday of his intention to retire at the end of July.

During Messner’s 12 year tenure as president, the college increased programs, expanded the campus with a new business center, a health education facility, and the recently announced Center for Hospitality and Culinary Arts located in a former mill building in downtown Holyoke.

"It seems to make good sense to be part of the renaissance of the city," Messner said in January at the announcement of a $1.55 million federal grant to construct the new center.

Messner,70, has spent 30 years as a college president, including ten at Orange County Community College in New York.

Paul Tuthill is WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief. He’s been covering news, everything from politics and government corruption to natural disasters and the arts, in western Massachusetts since 2007. Before joining WAMC, Paul was a reporter and anchor at WRKO in Boston. He was news director for more than a decade at WTAG in Worcester. Paul has won more than two dozen Associated Press Broadcast Awards. He won an Edward R. Murrow award for reporting on veterans’ healthcare for WAMC in 2011. Born and raised in western New York, Paul did his first radio reporting while he was a student at the University of Rochester.