By Todd Haynie
THATCHER — Eastern Arizona College President Mark Bryce announced his retirement to a group of faculty and staff on Friday.
The retirement date given was May 15, 2018.
Although the date is still a year and half away, the announcement was made now in order to allow the college time to implement the process of finding a successor.
President Bryce began his tenure as president of EAC in February of 2002. He is the longest currently serving CEO of a university or community college in Arizona, and possibly the longest currently serving president in the Mountain West.
President Bryce gave family as the reason for his retirement.
“I have 22 reasons [for retirement], they are called grandchildren,” he said.