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WCCA's board receives president Carmen Simone's resignation

WCCA's board receives president Carmen Simone's resignation

WNCC's board accepts president Carmen Simone's resignation

Western Nebraska Community College President Carmen Simone submitted her resignation on Friday. The Board of Governors will discuss plans to name the interim president and begin its search for the next president at Wednesday's meeting. (Lauren Brant/Star-Herald file photo)

Western Nebraska Community College will begin its search for its seventh president after the Western Community College Area Board of Governors formally accepted the resignation of President Carmen Simone Friday.

Simone offered her resignation to the WCCA board, which was effective immediately, according to a WNCC statement.

“Dr. Carmen Simone has submitted her resignation as president of WNCC after serving in that position for the last 18 months,” WCCA Board Chair Lynne Klemke said in the press release. “WNCC thanks Dr. Simone for her service to the students and communities of the WNCC service area. The Board wishes Dr. Simone every success in her future endeavors.”

Simone had been selected in November 2019 to head WNCC after a search process to replace former President Todd Holcomb. She began serving in the position in February 2020, just before the college and other education facilities were impacted by the pandemic.

The Board of Governors will convene at its monthly meeting, Wednesday, June 16 to discuss Simone’s resignation and the transition in leadership. Grant Wilson, vice president of educational services, will serve as the college’s acting president until the board names an interim.

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Lauren Brant is a reporter with the Star-Herald. She can be reached at

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