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Shrubb to remain president of Minnesota West

WORTHINGTON -- Richard Shrubb is staying at Minnesota West Community and Technical College.

A final candidate for the president's job at Johnson County Community College, Shrubb was not hired at the Overland Park, Kan. school.

"I haven't applied for any other colleges since I've been president at Minnesota West, nor do I intend to," Shrubb said.

JCCC opted to hire Joseph Sopcich, who has worked at the college since 1992.

"I speak for the entire board of trustees in congratulating Dr. Sopcich on being selected as the next president of JCCC," Melody Rayl, chair of the board of trustees, said in a press release. "His proven leadership ability, together with his long history with the college and the enduring relationships he has established in our community and across the country, leaves absolutely no doubt among the trustees that he is the person to lead our college into the next decade. We are excited to have Dr. Sopcich at the helm as we begin the next chapter in JCCC's legacy as one of the finest community colleges in the country."

Sopcich replaces Terry Calaway, who announced his retirement in October 2012. Sopcich will begin his duties Aug. 1. He had served as the executive vice president/chief financial officer of the college in recent years.

"I really want to take this as a chance to encourage people to strive to always advance in their career," Shrubb said. "My presidency has been about encouraging people to advance in their careers. My example is to try and even if you fail, it won't kill you. Always try to advance and always try to strive in your career."

While Shrubb is excited to continue his administration in Worthington, he admitted he was disappointed in JCCC's decision.

"Sure I was," Shrubb said. "They have 45,000 students and they have $274 million in assets. It would have been a great chance for me to expand my reach and help even more people."

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