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Statement on the Passing of Dr. John Waltrip, Former Glendale Community College President

Tempe, AZ (PRWEB) June 15, 2013

The following is a statement from Maricopa Community Colleges Chancellor Dr. Rufus Glasper:

“Today, we received some very sad news about the passing of a long standing member of the Maricopa family, John Waltrip. He served as President of Glendale Community College for more than 20 years and was critical to the growth of the Maricopa Community Colleges’ presence in the West Valley. We send our deepest condolences to his family and friends. The contributions he made to our students and our system will not soon be forgotten.”

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In an interview conducted in summer 2012, Dr. Waltrip said of his time at Glendale, “Glendale Community College was an instructors dream - everything was brand new. We were lucky that our college…got most of its original buildings as permanent construction. We were so fortunate …everything was clean and beautiful. It’s a beautiful campus and a beautiful location, extremely pleasant place to work.”

“I consider it an outstanding if not the most outstanding educational institution in this country,” Waltrip continued. “It’s been a pleasure…to work [at Glendale] these many years. I’m now retired, enjoying retirement but not as much as working with our district.”

Excerpt from News Release Announcing Dr. Waltrip’s Board Approval (April 29, 1975)

[Dr. John Waltrip first] joined the Glendale staff in 1966 as a professor of history. A native of Mattoon, Illinois, he [held] a B.S. in industry from Millikin University, a masters degree in history from Arizona State University and earned his Ph.D. in history from the University of Missouri in 1965. Upon completion of his military career in the U.S. Navy in 1952, John Waltrip was affiliated with Motors Insurance Corp. and AiResearch of Phoenix before moving into the field of education. He [was] well known for his serve to many community college activities and served as president of the MCCCD Faculty Association, and as president of the Glendale Faculty Senate. He [was] also a member of the AEA-NEA, Rotary International and the Organization of American Historians.

Quote from Dr. John F. Prince, District Governing Board President (April 29, 1975)

“Waltrip’s business background and fine leadership in education for the past several years will bring strong administrative ability to the position of executive dean for Glendale Community College.”


The Maricopa Community College system includes 10 colleges – Chandler-Gilbert, Estrella Mountain, GateWay, Glendale, Mesa, Paradise Valley, Phoenix, Rio Salado, Scottsdale and South Mountain. It also includes the Maricopa Skill Center, Southwest Skill Center, and several satellite campuses and business/industry, technical and customized training institutes.

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