Ithaca College Pres. Tom Rochon To Step Down
In a letter addressed to Ithaca College faculty, staff, students, alumni, parents and friends of the school, President Tom Rochon announced he will retire at the end of the 2016-2017 school year, effective July 1, 2017.
"I believe it is best for IC to be led in the future by a president chosen by the board specifically to make a fresh start on these challenges, including those that became so apparent to us all last semester," said Rochon.
Last fall, students and facultyorganized protests calling on Rochon to step down, amid growing frustration that was a long time in the making. They claimed he had failed to address racial incidents on campus and was leading the school in the wrong direction.
Both students and faculty conducted a vote of confidence for Rochon in November and December. About three-quarters of people who voted said they had no confidence in him as leader of the school.
In an interview with WSKG, Rochon said, "I’ve been clear that I don’t intend to resign because of no confidence votes... My feeling is that as long as the board wants me to be president and as long as I think I’m able to lead the college forward in the opportunities that we have that I am going to continue in this office."
Looking ahead to the next year and a half, Rochon said in his letter today: