Joyce Hedlund said her recent decision to retire after a long career in higher education came not so much as an epiphany but as a result of seeing what a great time her husband, Wesley, has been having since he retired 18 months ago after 41 years as a biology teacher at Bangor High School.
Now the president of Washington County Community College in Calais, Hedlund will step down on June 30 after a 43-year career in education that includes 25 years in Maine’s community college system. Prior to taking the top job in Calais in 2010, Hedlund was president of Eastern Maine Community College in Bangor for 16 years.
“I think over the years I’ve worked in just about every office on a community college campus, except maintenance,” she said. “And then, when I became a community college president, I began overseeing that, too.”