Middlesex County College announced that its president, Joann La Perla-Morales, will retire effective June 30 after 50 years in higher education.
La Perla-Morales became MCC’s sixth president in January 2005, making her the longest-serving president in the college’s history.
“My 13 years at Middlesex have been the most professionally rewarding of my life,” she said in a prepared statement. “To the students, faculty, administration, employees, alumni and board of this great institution, I offer my sincere gratitude for providing me with the opportunity to lead an institution that will only grow stronger.”
The board will announce an interim president in the coming weeks, the Edison college said, and will begin a national search for a permanent replacement shortly.
“Dr. La Perla-Morales has been an integral part of our growth, and we wish her well in her retirement,” board Chairman Dorothy K. Power said in a prepared statement. “On behalf of the board and our entire community, we thank her for her many years of service to Middlesex County and its residents.”