OTTUMWA — Dr. Jim Lindenmayer, president of Indian Hills Community College for over a decade, announced Monday that he will be retiring later this year. No specific retirement date has been set.
Lindenmayer informed the college’s Board of Trustees in early January of his intention to retire, but he plans to stay on until his successor and the replacements for other key IHCC administrators that have announced their retirements are selected and mentored.
The board offered an incented retirement package this year, an offer which several employees acted upon.
The trustees have already begun deliberations and plan to make an announcement shortly.
“This is the perfect time for Indian Hills to transition to new leadership,” Lindenmayer said about his decision to retire. “The college is in a good fiscal position and enrollment and programming are as strong as they have ever been. The presidency at Indian Hills is a great job. It has the advantage of having a very strong and supportive Board of Trustees, talented faculty and staff and robust community partnerships.”
Lindenmayer’s tenure at Indian Hills spans 33 years, the last 11 as president. The Marengo, Iowa native began his IHCC career in 1980 as the Adult Education Coordinator and, after four years in the continuing education division, served as a vice president for 18 years.
He was named to succeed Dr. Lyle Hellyer as president in June 2001 and took over when Hellyer left the college in January 2002 after 28 years leading IHCC.
Indian Hills has enjoyed great stability in its presidency. Lindenmayer is only the third president in the school’s history, following Dr. Mel Everingham, the top administrator when Merged Area XV became Indian Hills Community College in 1970, and Hellyer.