Mitchell Community College retirees enjoy a reception in honor of their years of service to the college.

Special to Iredell Free News

Mitchell Community College recently honored its 2020, 2021, and 2022 retirees. These retiring employees have contributed a combined total of over 300 years of service to Mitchell Community College.

A crowd of individuals, including college President Dr. Tim Brewer and members of the College Council, gathered to celebrate Mitchell’s recent retirees at a reception hosted on campus where memories were shared, laughs were had, and appreciation was expressed by all for retiring Mitchell employees.

Mitchell Community College retirees recognized at the reception include:

2019-2020 Retirees

Jeff Benfield began working at Mitchell on July 13, 1999. At the time of his retirement, his position title was Chief Information Technology Officer. He also served as Director of Institutional Technology during his employment at Mitchell. Retiring in January 2020, Benfield was a member of the Mitchell team for over 20 years.

Mitchell retirees Pam Rowe (left) and Bruce Sowers are pictured sitting in their retirement gift from the college, a rocking chair from Troutman Chair Company. All retirees of Mitchell Community College receive a rocking chair in gratitude for their service to the College.

Tina Fleming began working at Mitchell Community College on August 7, 2006, as a BLET Instructor. She initially started out part-time from June 2, 1995 through August 6, 2006 as a BLET Instructor and worked as a part-time Fire/Rescue instructor from September 12, 2011 through December 31, 2019. Fleming was a part of the Mitchell family for over 24 years.

Marcella James began working at Mitchell Community College on March 1, 2003, as a Facilities Technician. Retiring in June 2019, James was a part of the Mitchell family for over 16 years.

Dr. Sandra Landry began working at Mitchell on August 1, 2009. At the time of her retirement, her position title was Director of Student Academic Success. She also served as Director of Developmental Education and Assistant Director of Developmental Education & Academic Support during her employment. Retiring in December of 2019, Dr. Landry was a part of the Mitchell family for over 10 years.

Catherine LeRoy began working at Mitchell Community College on August 11, 2008, in the position of Salon Office Specialist. On December 2, 2013, she transitioned to an Administrative Assistant. Following that position, she took a Receptionist II-HRD position on July 1, 2018, until her retirement on December 31, 2019. LeRoy was a part of the Mitchell team for a little over 11 years.

Al Lofland has worked for Mitchell from February 3, 2009 through September 9, 2012, as a part-time Welding Instructor. He began working full-time at Mitchell on September 10, 2012, through June 30, 2013, as an Instructor. He worked part-time, again, from July 1, 2013, through August 31, 2014, and returned to full-time status as the Advanced Manufacturing Instructor, a position he held from September 1, 2014 until September 30, 2019. Lofland was a part of the Mitchell team for over 10 years.

Barbara Myers began working at Mitchell Community College on January 9, 2014. At the time of retirement, her position title was Student Services Academic Advisor. She also served as a full-time Academic Advisor & Counselor. She worked part-time as a MIND Center Tutor from September 18, 2011, through January 8, 2014, and part-time as an Adult Basic Skills Instructor from January 9, 2012, through April 30, 2020. Myers was a part of the Mitchell family for over eight years.

Joyce Roseberry began working at Mitchell Community College on August 29, 1988, as a GroupWise Coordinator/Assistant System Administrator in the Information Technology Department. At the time of her retirement, her position title was Assistant Systems Administrator. Retiring in December of 2019, Roseberry was a member of the Mitchell family for over 31 years.

2020-2021 Retirees

Nancy Fields began her career at Mitchell Community College on September 6, 1988. She held the position of Student Records Technician until her retirement on October 31, 2020. Nancy was part of the Mitchell family for a little over 32 years.

Susan Kulenkamp (in memoriam) began working at Mitchell on July 1, 2006, as a part-time Financial Aid Receptionist. She transitioned to a full-time Receptionist at the Mooresville Campus on July 2011. She retired in August of 2020 and was a part of the Mitchell family for over 16 years. Kulenkamp passed away in December of 2021.

Mary Marks began working full-time at Mitchell Community College on September 8, 1997. She held the position of Medical Assistant Instructor until her retirement on December 31, 2020. Marks was a part of the Mitchell family for over 23 years.

Barbara Salamon began working full-time at Mitchell on August 1, 2011, as a full-time Math Instructor. Retiring in January 2021, Salamon was a part of the Mitchell team for over nine years.

Betty Scipione began working full-time at Mitchell on September 5, 2005. She held the position of Director of New & Expanding Industries until her retirement on August 31, 2020. Scipione was a part of the Mitchell team for 14 years and 11 months.

Charles Shuford began working at Mitchell on October 25, 2004, as a Facilities Technician. Retiring in June 2021, Shuford was a part of the Mitchell family for 16 years and 8 months.

Loraine Watt began working at Mitchell Community College on November 11, 2002, as a part-time Mind Center Tutor. On January 2, 2004, she transitioned into a full-time position working as an Information Systems Instructor. She held that role until her retirement on May 31, 2021. Watt was a part of the Mitchell family for over 18 years.

2021-2022 Retirees

Angie Goodman began working full-time for Mitchell on August 1, 2003. She held the position of Administrative Assistant until her retirement on September 30, 2021. Goodman was a part of the Mitchell family for over 18 years.

Robert Leslie started working at Mitchell on September 5, 2018. While employed, he served in the following roles: Executive Director of the Mooresville Campus, Dean of the Mooresville Campus and Dean of Business Services. Retiring in February of 2022, Leslie was a part of the Mitchell team for three years.

Pam Rowe began her career at Mitchell on July 1, 2013, as a part-time Accounting Technician. She worked part-time until September 4, 2018, when she transitioned into a full-time position as a Payroll Assistant. She held that title until her retirement on December 31, 2021. Rowe was a part of the Mitchell team for over eight years.

John Smith began working full-time at Mitchell on January 3, 2017. He held the position of Maintenance Mechanic until his retirement on January 4, 2022. Smith was a part of the Mitchell family for five years.

Bruce Sowers began working at Mitchell on May 12, 2003, as a part-time Facilities Technician. He transitioned into a full-time position on July 1, 2003, and reclassified to Grounds/Housekeeping on July 1, 2008. Retiring in August 2021, Sowers was a part of the Mitchell family for over 18 years.

1 thought on “Mitchell Community College honors recent retirees

  1. Ross Carver says:

    Congratulations, Jason Fleming. Tina is a leader and a wonderful woman. I’ve provided a longer congratulations in your Facebook messages.

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