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News Education Haire retires from SCC, Macon Campus

Southwestern Community College vice-president, Dr. Connie Haire, will be retiring on June 30. Above, Haire stands with her husband, Rep. Phil Haire, while accepting an honorary plaque from Macon County commissioners Ronnie Beale, Bobby Kuppers and Kevin Corbin.After 25 years of service, Southwestern Community College said goodbye to its Macon campus Vice President Dr. Connie Haire.

Dozens of students, educators and community leaders gathered in the conference room of the Cecil Groves center in Macon County on Monday to celebrate Haire’s contributions to SCC before she officially retires on July 1.

“Dr. Haire cares about the students. Heck, she knows me by name,” said nursing student Joe Longbons. “She pushes me to do my best and she is a wonderful woman because she is so supportive.”

After 25 years of service, Southwestern Community College said goodbye to its Macon campus Vice President Dr. Connie Haire.

Dozens of students, educators and community leaders gathered in the conference room of the Cecil Groves center in Macon County on Monday to celebrate Haire’s contributions to SCC before she officially retires on July 1.

“Dr. Haire cares about the students. Heck, she knows me by name,” said nursing student Joe Longbons. “She pushes me to do my best and she is a wonderful woman because she is so supportive.”

At around 4 p.m., the lights dimmed and Macon Campus administrators played a slideshow for Haire and her husband, Congressman Phil Haire. “We know that your husband Phil likes RV’ing, so we made this slideshow for you,” said Macon Early College liaison Shelly Nixon. “Who here can imagine Connie in an R.V.?” she asked.

The room was then regaled with photos of Connie and Phil Haire travelling the country in various recreational videos. “It is sad to see Connie go,” Nixon concluded.

In recent years, Haire oversaw the construction of SCC’s new Groves building.According to many, Haire was an integral role in establishing Macon County’s Early College system. “Dr. Haire was a huge supporter of the early college, so I had to be here for her retirement party,” said Todd Gibbs, MEC Principal. “She made it known and brought it to the public forefront.”

Following the slideshow, Haire was awarded an honorary plaque in recognition of her service to the county and work in establishing MEC. “Thank you for what you’ve done,” said County Commissioner Bob Kuppers, who admittedly was not a proponent of the MEC at first. “I stand corrected.”

“This is an opportunity for kids to find a different path,” said fellow commissioner Kevin Corbin. “You have been a great asset to Macon County.”

“I would like to thank all of my colleagues,” said Haire. “I’ve thoroughly enjoyed my time here in Macon County.” She remarked on the success of the campus over the last few years, citing that in the current summer semester, nearly 500 students are enrolled mostly for college transfer courses.

“Our whole thrust has been to collaborate, be partners and work together,” said Haire. “We are off to a good start, we have a good foundation and it’s going to grow,” she said, pointing to the southern portion of the Macon campus which will be home to another facility in the coming years.

Haire said that she has no plans once she retires, however she will still be around the Macon Campus from time to time as she tends to her duties on the Economic Development Commission, Angel hospital board of trustees and the Franklin Daybreak Rotary Club.

“This community has embraced SCC and made me feel welcome,” said Haire, lauding Macon County for valuing college education. “The support from the leadership has been tremendous.”





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