September 1, 2014

Southeastern Community College president announces retirement

The embattled head of a community college in southeast Iowa is stepping down. Beverly Simone has been president of Southeastern Community College in Burlington for about six-and-a-half years.

At a Board of Trustees meeting on Monday night, Simone announced she’s retiring and emailed a copy of her statement to college employees. In the statement, Simone notes she’ll turn 66 this summer and many of her close friends and family live elsewhere.

She says she’ll stay on as president until she and the board can work out a good date for her to leave. Simone was under fire in recent months and the college’s faculty delivered her a vote of no confidence.