Publisher Gary Suisman announced his retirement Tuesday afternoon to a crowded conference room of Journal & Courier staff members.

Effective Friday, Suisman will step down from a 30-year career with Gannett that began in Ithaca, N.Y., where he directed circulation. Since then he’s been a publisher in Fort Collins, Colo., and then Lansing, Mich., before settling in Lafayette in 2000.