NORFOLK- For the first time in its 91 year history, Northeast Community College will have a female president.

On Wednesday, the College Board of Governors unanimously selected Dr. Leah Barrett, currently a vice president for a community college district in Wyoming, as the institution’s next president. Barrett, who will succeed Dr. Michael Chipps, becomes the ninth president of Northeast in January.

Barrett said as Northeast’s Vision 2020 strategic plan comes to a close next year, this is an ideal time for a presidential transition.