The Nova Scotia Community College is looking for a new president.

The school’s board of governors announced yesterday that Dr. Joan McArthur-Blair, who held the position of president for five years, was retiring effectively immediately.

“Dr. McArthur-Blair’s reasons for retirement are of a personal nature,” board chair Sandra Greer said in a release. “We respect her privacy in that regard and urge others to do the same. We wish her well in retirement.”

Don Bureaux has been appointed acting president by the board. Bureaux has been with NSCC for two years, most recently as vice-president, academic.

“Don Bureaux is an accomplished educator and leader with a deep passion for the mission and values of the college,” Greer said.

A search for a new president has already been launched and could take up to a year.