Dr. T.E. “Bud” Marchant, who has led Central Carolina Community College since 2008, announced Wednesday night at a meeting of the college’s Board of Trustees that he will retire from the position in 2019, the Rant has learned.

In an email to faculty and staff, Marchant said that “being the president of Central Carolina Community College has been the highlight of my professional career” and that he will “never forget your dedication to serving the students who have put their trust in us.”

CCCC, which serves students in Lee, Harnett and Chatham counties, has earned a number of accolades and made significant strides under Marchant’s leadership, including the recent announcement of an ROTC program at the community college, faculty being recognized statewide for excellence, the establishment of K-14 program in cooperation with Lee County Schools, and more.

Marchant’s retirement will become official on April 1.

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