Retiring Couple... Ready for Work

Drs. Joe and Jackie Humphrey to join YC Family

Joe and Jackie Humphrey

Drs. Joe and Jackie (Hance) Humphrey of Austin, Texas will retire this year but they won’t be sitting still. These long-time members of University Avenue Church of Christ in Austin will head north to volunteer as faculty for York College, where they met as students in 1957. Joe and Jackie remember their first meeting (and even the date, September 13!) outside Middlebrook Hall. When they return in the fall of 2009 their offices will be located close to where they met almost fifty-two years ago.

Both Humphreys have a Ph.D. and both have taught at the university level. Joe is retiring as a full professor from the accounting program at Texas State University in San Marcos. Jackie's Ph.D. is in special education, however, she has most recently worked as a licensed nursing facility administrator. For both, the move to York, Nebraska will take them “home” to a place that has always been close to their hearts.

“We feel so blessed to be selected to serve at York. We are totally committed to York's mission,” Jackie states. “Our roles will be different than they were when Joe was the business office manager 1961-1963 and we were dorm parents in Hulitt Hall. While our roles are different now, our mission is the same.”

Joe will teach accounting and assist the president. Jackie will teach education courses and coordinate York's new online learning program. “This is an enormous blessing for our campus," said Steve Eckman, president of York College. “The addition of two seasoned professionals who have a great heart for this place is a gift that is impossible to measure. The impact they will have on students and the future of York College goes far beyond any of the generous gifts they have provided to the College in the past. They are giving more than a donation, they are giving their lives. This is the definition of sacrificial giving."

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