Corocoran reflects on career and retirement


Screenshot from video footage by Ryan Nolasco

IVCC President Jerry Corcoran will retire on June 30, 2023.

Julian Godina and Ryan Nolasco

Several long serving staff members and faculty of IVCC are retiring at the end of the 2023 school year, on June 30th. Dr. Corcoran, Judy Day, and Fran Brolley have all been a = part of the administrative staff of IVCC for as long as many students can remember.

Dr. Corcoran said that by the time he retires, he will have been working at the college for 33 years. Corcoran has been in his position as president for 15 years.

When asked what of his work throughout his storied years at IVCC he considered to be the best, Corcoran said, “Where we are right now, as a matter of fact, in the Community Technology Center (CTC), is a point of pride for all of us.”

The CTC, where the interview took place as mentioned by Dr. Corcoran, was completed and officially opened in November of 2013. Since then, it has proved a valuable space for
numerous classes and communal events.

Corcoran said the collaborative effort involved in the construction of the center as one of his favorite memories at the college.

The president was also asked how he felt the COVID-19 pandemic affected his legacy.

He discussed the uncertainty, panic, and difficulties in switching to online learning.

“Am I glad that I was the president here during it?” he asked. “Yes, in a strange way, because honestly, I had started thinking about leaving eventually, but I wasn’t too sure when, but I knew in my heart, I couldn’t walk away when we were in the middle of all that.”

Dr. Corcoran was born to a farming family, which holds a great importance to him.

“There are a lot of things on the farm that I’m excited about working on,” he said when asked about his retirement plans. He also mentioned planning vacations to Wisconsin, Hawaii and Ireland, to celebrate his Irish heritage. “My heart will always be here,” he said in closing. “I love IVCC with all my heart.