MCC’s Otero to retire

ROCHESTER — Emeterio "Pete" Otero, executive dean of Monroe Community College’s Damon City Campus, recently announced his retirement.

"MCC has given me a wonderful and energizing opportunity to earn a living, serve the Rochester community, and fill my needs as an educator and servant leader," he stated in an e-mail, adding his last day will be Feb. 28. "I will miss the students, friends and colleagues. Our daily interactions (have) enriched my life tremendously and … enabled me to become a better person."

But his work in education will continue, at least through the fall, as he serves as the 2013 Minett Professor at Rochester Institute of Technology. He began the work last September as the first administrator from a peer institution to take on the one-year appointment.

The Minett designation seeks to bring distinguished Rochester-area multicultural professionals to RIT to share their knowledge and experience with students, faculty and staff for one academic year, according to information at

Otero will participate in several initiatives led by the Office for Diversity and Inclusion, including MOCHA, the Men of Color, Honor and Ambition Program.

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