John Dever, Thomas Nelson Community College’s president since 2011, announced Wednesday he would retire at the end of the fall semester.
“Having been dealing with a major health issue since the first of this year, I have concluded that it is best for the College and for me and my family to take this step,” Dever wrote in an email to faculty and staff.
Vice president for institutional advancement Cynthia Callaway said that staff has known he has been dealing with a serious health problem, but she hasn’t noticed an impact on his work.
Dever has a long career with the community college, dating back to a few years after it was founded in 1968. He started as an English professor in 1975 and served as chair of the communications and humanities division until 1995.