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President of Central Washington University Announces Retirement

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ELLENSBURG, Wash. (AP) - The first woman president of Central Washington University is announcing her retirement. Jerilyn S. McIntyre said Friday she would retire from the presidency on Dec. 31, after eight years on the job.

McIntyre was Central's 13th president and has presided over a period of enrollment growth. The university says enrollment at Central has increased 27 percent since 2001, following an enrollment drop.  McIntyre says Central's branch campuses are partly responsible for the growth.

The university has bachelor degree programs on the campuses of a number of community colleges, with a focus on work force training. She and her husband plan to go back to their first avocations and spend more time writing.

McIntyre says she'd like to try her hand at fiction.

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