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Long-Time WKCTC Employees Retire

A retirement reception for several veteran employees at West Kentucky Community and Technical College will be held at 2:00 p.m. Friday, April 20, in the Clemens Fine Arts Student Center and Theater.

With more than 150 years of combined service to the college, the retirements of William Wade, dean of online learning; Donald Maley, professor of communications; Jerry Anderson, director of the advising and transfer centers; Dr. Mark Young, professor of biological sciences; and Sandra Barlow, director of financial aid will be a significant loss to the college, said Dr. Barbara Veazey, president of WKCTC.

Each of their careers have been filled with distinction, achievement and countless acts of dedication to teaching and learning that often go uncelebrated, but have helped build our college reputation to its exceptional state today, " said Dr. Veazey. It has been my honor and privilege to work along side such outstanding professionals. We will miss them, but celebrate their very successful careers.

A University of Virginia graduate, Wade started his education career more than 40 years ago as a reading instructor. A Fulton County native, Wade taught in Virginia for five years before being hired in 1970 at Paducah Community College as a developmental English and reading instructor.
Considered by many to be the father of local online learning classes, Wade established the first online community colleges course in the Commonwealth when he had his students access classroom content through a computer network. That computer by modem course was the seed for what is now an online learning department that includes 150 courses per semester, more than 125 faculty teaching online and more than 10,000 online students. An English professor, Wade received a second masters degree from Murray State University in 1985 and was named dean of online learning at WKCTC in 2009. He was a Kentucky Community and Technical College System (KCTCS) New Horizons Award of Excellence recipient in 2011.

Maley of Calvert City was hired as an instructor at PCC in 1975. He earned bachelor's and master's degrees from Murray State University. He was chair of the Humanities and Related Technologies Division from 1979-1985. A talented and respected performer, Maley has participated in a host of plays and musicals at the Market House Theater and with the college. He was selected one of six great teachers by the University of Kentucky Alumni Association in 1993 and has been recognized by students with the Teacher of the Year award eight times.

Anderson of Paducah joined PCC in 1979 as an admissions counselor and instructor. He holds masters degrees in industrial education and human services from Murray State University. Anderson retired from PCC and was hired as a counselor at West Kentucky Technical College in 2000. When PCC and WKTC consolidated in 2003, Anderson was named director of admissions at WKCTC. He was instrumental in the development of the transfer center at the college and the advising center, which are viewed as a national model.

Dr. Young, a Hickory resident, was hired at West Kentucky State Vocational Technical School in 1983. A University of Louisville graduate, Dr. Young was a dentist in Graves County before becoming an instructor. He taught vocational education and health technology at the college before becoming an associate professor in 2000. A vital member of WKCTCs dental assisting/dental hygiene program, Dr. Young was promoted to professor in 2003.

Barlow of Gilbertsville was hired in 1987 as a financial aid administrator at West Kentucky State Vocational-Technical School. A Madison University graduate in business administration, Barlow was financial aid coordinator and financial aid specialist before being named director of financial aid in 2003. She received a certificate of appreciation from the Kentucky Department for Adult and Technical Education in 1991 for her outstanding contributions to Kentucky education. She also received a regional staff achievement award in 1995.