ITHACA, N.Y. — Ithaca College President Tom Rochon announced Thursday that he plans to retire at the end of the 2016/2017 academic year. His decision follows months of protests — which made national headlines — calling for his resignation.

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In a public letter, Rochon said  “It is best for IC to be led in the future by a president chosen by the board specifically to make a fresh start on these challenges, including those that became so apparent to us all last semester.”

Students staged major acts of protest last fall against Rochon for what they said were racist practices at the college, along with governance and other leadership issues.

Read full coverage about the demonstrations by checking out the Turmoil at Ithaca College page on The Ithaca Voice website.

Students staged a major walkout at Ithaca College on Nov. 11. Photo by Jolene Almendarez

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