November 15, 2011
Hartnell College President Phoebe Helm will retire at the end of the current school year, and the Board of Trustees is launching a national search for her replacement, according to a release sent out by the college late Tuesday.
In a letter addressed to Hartnell Board President Erica Padilla-Chavez, Helm stated her desire to retire by June 30, 2012, but noted she'd be willing to stay on longer if needed to help ease the transition to a new president. “I care too much for the College, the Valley it serves, and the work of the Board, to leave them in a bind,” she said in the letter.
Helm arrived at Hartnell in 2007 as its interim president, and became the permanent president the following year.