COSTA MESA — Coast Community College District Chancellor Ding-Jo Currie announced Wednesday that she will retire at the end of the school year.
Currie announced in a letter to faculty, staff and the Board of Trustees that she will retire June 30 to spend more time with family and friends, according to the letter.
"It is with much agonizing and heartfelt reflection that I have come to a decision regarding my search for the next chapter of a purposeful life," Currie wrote.
Currie took the helm of the district, which oversees Orange Coast College in Costa Mesa, Golden West College in Huntington Beach and Coastline Community College in Fountain Valley, last November after serving as interim chancellor since January 2009.
She took over after Chancellor Ken Yglesias went on administrative leave and then resigned in March 2009.
Currie was chosen by the district's Board of Trustees to oversee the three colleges that serve more than 60,000 students in western Orange County and about 20,000 military students worldwide and has an annual budget of more than $240 million.