- Associated Press - Friday, August 28, 2015

RENO, Nev. (AP) - Truckee Meadows Community College President Maria Sheehan says she will retire in January to do volunteer work in Central America.

Sheehan has been president of TMCC since 2008. She announced her retirement Friday in a statement issued by the school.

An educator for more than 40 years, State Board of Regents Chairman Rick Trachok says Sheehan’s been a true leader of higher education in Nevada.

State Chancellor Dan Klaich says she’s worked tirelessly to keep the college moving forward during the recent economic downturn.

Sheehan told the Reno Gazette-Journal she’s proud of the work she has done to help bring TMCC some stability and expand the campus with new buildings. Her philanthropic work in Central America will include building an orphanage for disabled infants with volunteers from the Reno Rotary Club.

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