LTCC President Guy Lease to retire
During his annual “welcome back” address to faculty and staff on Thursday, Lake Tahoe Community College President Guy Lease joked that the “worst kept” secret in the history of the college was finally out. After more than 17 years of service as president, Lease announced he would be retiring after this school year.
Lease, the second president in the college’s history, was the college’s dean of business services before being promoted to the president spot in 1990. In looking back on his tenure, Lease said he is most proud of all the college has brought to the community.
“Virtually all I hear is positive comments on our faculty, staff, our programs and our campus,” Lease said. “Every day someone tells me about how pleased they are with something they have experienced at LTCC. Our people are dedicated, innovative, caring professionals who go the extra mile. This is a great college and I would put our successes with students up against any college or university. I am very proud to be the president of such an outstanding institution.”
Board of Trustees member Roberta Mason said Lease is leaving the college on a high note. “He’s been a wonderful president and carried us into our second phase of the college which was expanding our curriculum and our services to the community. The college is in good shape, facility wise and personnel wise,” Mason said.
Mason said the board would be hiring a consultant to begin the search for a new president.
When Lease first came to Tahoe, LTCC was a small college located in a converted motel and a former car dealership. LTCC’s first president, Jim Duke, lured Lease with the promise that he would have the opportunity to help build a college from nothing.
At the time the chair of Lease’s doctoral program at University of Southern California made him promise to leave Tahoe in two years.
“He felt it wasn’t the right move for my career and that I didn’t need to go to someplace so remote,” Lease explained. “But I didn’t come here just for my career. We came because it was the right decision for my family.”
Lease and his wife Peggy moved to Tahoe with their daughter and son in 1982, and quickly became involved in the community. Peggy ran for the school board and won and Lease became involved in coaching youth sports. After two years on the job, Duke charged Lease with pursuing the state funding to build the LTCC campus. The main campus opened in 1988.
Lease said like most retirees he has some interest in traveling and a few home projects, but career-wise he feels he still has much to offer through consulting and interim administrative work at other colleges.
“I’m not looking for a big period of rest and relaxation. I see myself being just as busy a year from now as I am now.”