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VP Kennon Retiring from Mineral Area College
5/9/2017 1:00:00 AM
By: Sarah Haas, Communications Director

(PARK HILLS) – Vice President of College Affairs/Dean of Career and Technical Education Gil Kennon has announced he will retire. He began working for the college in March 1994.

Kennon attended MAC in 1972 and 1973, graduating from Missouri State University in August 1975 with a bachelor’s degree in education. He completed a master’s degree in education at University of Missouri - Columbia in May 2001.

Before working at MAC, he taught business at Potosi High School from 1975-1978. He was self-employed from 1978 to 1989 and began working for the Rolla Public School District in 1989 as the director of the Central Missouri Vocational Education Consortium, where he stayed until 1994.

He is a member of the Missouri Community College Association and served on the MCCA board, the Association of Career and Technical Education at the state and national levels, and the Missouri Council of Career and Technical Administrators. He is also a founding member and former officer of the Missouri Association of Customized Training.

When asked what he thought were the highlights of his career at MAC, Kennon said he had the privilege of leading several important projects at MAC, including the transition to web registration, the change of software systems, the construction of the Allied Health wing with no bonded indebtedness, and the development of several new programs for the CTE Division.

“I’ve also had the pleasure of seeing many student successes and have always considered my personal contact with students to be one of the most rewarding things I have been allowed to do at MAC,” he said.

He said what he will miss most about MAC is the day-to-day contact with staff and students, but he will also miss being a part of the behind-the-scenes operations and decision-making for the college.

“My time here has been extremely rewarding, and I owe my personal success to the board of trustee members, the great staff I've had the pleasure of working with and other administrators who have had faith in me throughout the years,” he said.

One thing retirement will afford him is more time with family: his wife, Modessa, his son, Nick (superintendent at Crown Pointe Golf Course) and two granddaughters, Reagun (who is 20 will graduate from UMSL in the summer) and Carmen (who is 10 and a student at Central School District). Kennon grew up in Potosi and has a sister and brother who still live there.

Other than spending time with his family, he plans to play golf, continue to serve on the board of Missouri Community Improvement Industries and Parkland Health Center. He also spends time at his Table Rock Lake house with his family and a group of friends they consider to be their "lake family."

He also seems to plan to drive off into the sunset in style: “I also have a passion for vintage Volkswagens and plan to begin restoring a 1960 VW pickup I acquired this year. Currently I have a 1960 VW pickup, a 1965 VW Beetle and a 1973 Super Beetle, and I hope to find an early-‘60s VW convertible I can afford,” he said.

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