TMCC President Steps Down

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RENO (AP) - Philip Ringle is stepping down as president of
Truckee Meadows Community College in Reno immediately because of
health problems.

That's the word from the state's higher education officials, who say Ringle is on disability leave for a chronic and severe respiratory condition. Plans call for him to provide advice to an acting president yet to be named until he retires in June 2008.

Board of Regents Chairman Bret Whipple and other system officials praised Ringle, saying he served with distinction for five years.

Chancellor Jim Rogers says Ringle's departure has nothing to do with a sexual harassment complaint filed against him last year by his former executive assistant - the second such charge in two years.

Karen Magstadt's complaint, which is pending before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, alleges that Ringle stalked her,
asked her "inappropriate questions" and created a hostile work

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