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NRCC bids farewell to two longtime administrators

Two New River Community College administrators are retiring at the end of the year. Together, they have more than 70 years in with the the college.
Ron Chaffin and Joe Sheffey have both served the college and Pulaski County for their entire careers. They are native sons.
On Thursday, the duo was honored with a reception in the student lounge in Martin Hall.
More than 100 family, friends and fellow staffers attended their retirement reception with NRCC President Dr. Jack M. Lewis making the introductions.
Lewis praised both men, telling them how much they would be missed.
“Ron served our business and industry,” Dr. Lewis said. “And Joe has a life of service. Both men worked hard for our county.”
Chaffin was first to be introduced by Dr. Lewis. Chaffin joked about his golf game and then got serious.
“It’s hard to believe thirty-five-and-a-half yeras ago I came here. It’s been a wonderful ride,” he said. “The culture here makes you want to be here.”
Chaffin thanked everyone he could for his career. He choked up as he said goodbye.
When Sheffey was introduced by Dr. Lewis, there was some more friendly banter between the two men.
Sheffey also thanked so many for his career at NRCC.
“It’s hard to believe I’ve been here 37 years, two as a student,” Sheffey said. “It’s been a pleasure to work here. This college is family. You are a fantastic group of people to work with.”
Applause rang out many times for both men, each of whom have had careers filled with service not only to the college, but also the community.
Ron Chaffin worked 225 years with the Workforce Development Programs at NRCC. Among other accomplishments, he is a past president of the Pulaski Chamber of Commerce, a past member of the Pulaski School Board, Montgomery County Economic Development Commission, the New River Valley Economis Development Alliance and the Pulaski County Social Services Board.
He was named outstanding business executive by the Pulaski Chamber of Commerce in 1989 and spoke at the Governors High School Leadership Summit in 2004.
Joe Sheffey also has a stellar career resume. He spent 22 years on the Pulaski County Board of Supervisors, and 35 years as a college administrator as coordinator of financial aid/veterans.
He was named an Outstanding Young Man in America, Outstanding Young Citizen of Pulaski County in 1986, and Pulaski County Chamber of Commerce Busines Executive of the Year for 2002.
Dr. Lewis concluded by wishing both all the best.

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NRCC bids farewell to two longtime administrators

Two New River Community College administrators are retiring at the end of the year. Together, they have more than 70 years in with the the college.
Ron Chaffin and Joe Sheffey have both served the college and Pulaski County for their entire careers. They are native sons.
On Thursday, the duo was honored with a reception in the student lounge in Martin Hall.
More than 100 family, friends and fellow staffers attended their retirement reception with NRCC President Dr. Jack M. Lewis making the introductions.
Lewis praised both men, telling them how much they would be missed.
“Ron served our business and industry,” Dr. Lewis said. “And Joe has a life of service. Both men worked hard for our county.”
Chaffin was first to be introduced by Dr. Lewis. Chaffin joked about his golf game and then got serious.
“It’s hard to believe thirty-five-and-a-half yeras ago I came here. It’s been a wonderful ride,” he said. “The culture here makes you want to be here.”
Chaffin thanked everyone he could for his career. He choked up as he said goodbye.
When Sheffey was introduced by Dr. Lewis, there was some more friendly banter between the two men.
Sheffey also thanked so many for his career at NRCC.
“It’s hard to believe I’ve been here 37 years, two as a student,” Sheffey said. “It’s been a pleasure to work here. This college is family. You are a fantastic group of people to work with.”
Applause rang out many times for both men, each of whom have had careers filled with service not only to the college, but also the community.
Ron Chaffin worked 225 years with the Workforce Development Programs at NRCC. Among other accomplishments, he is a past president of the Pulaski Chamber of Commerce, a past member of the Pulaski School Board, Montgomery County Economic Development Commission, the New River Valley Economis Development Alliance and the Pulaski County Social Services Board.
He was named outstanding business executive by the Pulaski Chamber of Commerce in 1989 and spoke at the Governors High School Leadership Summit in 2004.
Joe Sheffey also has a stellar career resume. He spent 22 years on the Pulaski County Board of Supervisors, and 35 years as a college administrator as coordinator of financial aid/veterans.
He was named an Outstanding Young Man in America, Outstanding Young Citizen of Pulaski County in 1986, and Pulaski County Chamber of Commerce Busines Executive of the Year for 2002.
Dr. Lewis concluded by wishing both all the best.

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