Dr. Orlando J. George Jr., president of Delaware Technical Community College, announced today that he will retire on June 30. George is stepping down as president after 45 years of work with Delaware Tech and 19 years as president.
"I'm fortunate to enjoy the full support of my board and my health is good," George said in a statement released Jan. 28. "But it's time to pass the baton to a new generation ... to a new leader who will continue to grow and advance the mission of Delaware Tech."
George began his career at Delaware Tech as a math instructor in 1969. He then rose through the ranks, from mathematics department chair, to assistant to the campus director, to dean of instruction, to assistant campus director, and vice president and campus director, before being named as president in 1995.
George served on Wilmington City Council from 1972 to 1974 and in the Delaware House of Representatives from 1974 to 1995. During his tenure in the House, he held various leadership positions, including Speaker of the House, chairman of the Joint Finance Committee, and Minority Leader.
Mark Stellini, chairman of the board of trustees stated said the board will conduct an external search for a new president. Details of the search will be announced at a later date, according to a statement released by Delaware Tech.