BEND, Ore. -

Central Oregon Community College’s Board of Directors accepted the resignation of John Overbay Wednesday night, effective Feb. 1.

“John has a lifetime relationship with Central Oregon Community College,” stated Don Reeder, COCC board chair and Overbay’s long-time board colleague.

“He was one of COCC's first students and from there has been highly successful in business. John has given back to his alma mater by his financial contributions, but more importantly by what must be many months service on the COCC Foundation Board, COCC Board of Directors, and his other efforts to make COCC a better place for students.”

Overbay has served on COCC’s Board of Directors since 1999; he is one of only eight individuals to serve on the board for more than 12 years.

In addition to his governing board tenure, John has contributed as a member of the COCC Foundation Board for 20 years, and served as co-chair of the Foundation’s successful 50th Anniversary Campaign in 1999.

The board approved a resolution to name a conference room in the Health Careers Center the John Overbay Conference Room.

The board will declare the position vacant at the next meeting and solicit applicants for a temporary appointment that will run through June 30, 2013.  The position will be up for election in May 2013.