Staff Report 

Hancock College Board of Trustees President Larry Lahr officially resigned from his position on the board, effective April 23, after more than 26 years of service to the college and its students.  

Lahr announced his intent to resign during the board’s April 20 regular meeting, explaining that he was moving outside the area he represented as a trustee.  

“The college is being left in good hands and in good shape,” Lahr said. “I have full confidence in my colleagues on the board and the college’s staff, faculty and administration. I know that Hancock will continue to prosper and improve in my absence.”

Lahr was elected to his first four-year term as a Hancock trustee in 1994. During his tenure, Lahr served as president of the board in 2000-01, 2006-07, 2013-14, and from 2020 until his resignation. He also served as vice president in 1998-99, 2004-05, 2011-12, and 2018-19. He attended Hancock College before earning a bachelor’s degree at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo in agricultural business management.

“Larry Lahr epitomizes what it means to be a public servant,” said Hancock Superintendent/President Kevin G. Walthers, Ph.D. “He is known for having a sharp eye for finances, but his focus has always been to ensure students come first in every decision we make.” 

Lahr represented Area 3, which includes southwestern Santa Maria and Guadalupe.

The college’s Board of Trustees was to announce a process to fill the vacant seat at their next monthly meeting on May 11.

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