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JAMESTOWN - Jamestown Community College President Gregory T. DeCinque will retire at the end of the 2012-13 academic year, the school announced Wednesday.

A search for DeCinque's successor will begin soon, said Lance S. Spicer, chairman of the college's board of trustees.

DeCinque, who is entering his 19th year at the school, came to JCC in 1994 and is the longest-serving president in the history of the 62-year-old community college.

He is credited with expanding the number of degree and certificate programs offered at the college. He also led several expansion and renovation projects, including the creation of a new Cattaraugus County campus, as well as the construction of residence halls and a Science Center on the Jamestown campus.

"Greg DeCinque has shaped JCC for nearly two decades in ways that position the college for a vibrant future," Spicer said.