George Shryock
May 2, 2012

Community Invited to FVCC Emeritus Honorees Celebration

The community is invited to join Flathead Valley Community College faculty, President Dr. Jane Karas and the Board of Trustees for a special celebration recognizing the college’s newest Emeritus Honorees Friday, May 4.

The Emeritus Honor recognizes the contributions of retired faculty and administrators for serving FVCC with distinction over a lengthy career.  The honor is a unique and special honor only granted to the most outstanding faculty or administrators who have made significant contributions to FVCC and who are recommended for the honor.

Eligible candidates are required to be or have been full-time employees of Flathead Valley Community College, have a minimum of 15 years of full-time service at the college with the exception of extraordinary circumstances, have made meritorious and significant contributions to the college and have maintained the highest ethical standards in relationships with students, colleagues and superiors.

George Shryock

Retired counselor George Shryock will be recognized for devoting more than 30 years to FVCC.  He began his journey at FVCC as a part-time counselor in the late 1970s, then served as a TRiO counselor, before finally taking on the position of college counselor which he served until his retirement in 2010.  He holds bachelors and masters degrees from Idaho State University and an education specialist degree from The University of Montana, and today, he continues to work at the college on a part-time basis.

Over the years, Shryock has provided leadership for FVCC faculty and staff.  Throughout his career, he has continued his professional growth through research, attending professional meetings, and organizing Flathead area counselors to share their expertise.  He has mentored many counselors along the way, providing opportunities for others to develop their professional skills. He took it upon himself to attain and maintain professional licensure, something that was not required of his position.

In 2006, Shryock was honored with the college’s prestigious Eagle Award for his outstanding service to the college.  In addition to contributing to the success of individual students, emerging new programs, and the vision and future of FVCC, Shryock has had an impact on higher education statewide and was often called upon by the Office of the Commissioner of Higher Education to bring his unfailingly clear vision to Helena to help examine general education requirements, graduation and admission requirements, and the university system organization.

Kathy Hughes

Retired Vice President of Instruction Kathy Hughes will be honored for dedicating 27 years to FVCC.  She began her tenure at FVCC in 1982 as a part-time instructor teaching Introduction to Education. The next year, she accepted a part-time temporary position as assistant to the newly created dean of community education under Dean Donna Hopkins.  Two years later, Kathy assumed the lead role, first as director of community education, then later as dean of continuing education.  During her first 12 years at the helm of continuing education, the department expanded greatly.  She added not only staff to the department but expanded the course offerings and made training services available throughout the community and region.

Also an Eagle Award Winner, Hughes accepted the one-year position of Acting Vice-President/Dean of Instruction and Student Services in 1997.  The next year, she moved back to an expanded role in Continuing Education as director of continuing education and workforce development.  She remained in that position for six years before taking on the role of vice president of educational services in which she served from 2006 until her retirement in 2011.

A special program to recognize Shryock and Hughes will take place at 5 p.m. in the large community meeting room inside the Arts and Technology Building.  The college welcomes community members to attend the event.

For more information, contact Deb Barrett at 756-3804.