NEW WILMINGTON, Pa.— The Westminster community prepares to say goodbye to six faculty members who are retiring this year.
Among the list of retirees is Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students Neal Edman. Dean Edman has served Westminster College for 29 years. The lasting connections he made with students and faculty have been the most rewarding part of his time here, he said.
“I know it sounds cliché, but when they say WC is family, they couldn’t have been more accurate…WC has been such a remarkable part of all our lives,” Dean Edman said, noting the college’s impact on his family through the years.
As Dean Edman enters retirement, he plans on staying busy with home construction work, golfing, spending more time with his family and “even sleep[ing] in every now and then.”
He will also continue to serve as Executive Secretary of the Lambda Sigma Honor Society Board and on the New Castle Playhouse Board.
Professor of education and former football coach Dar Huey joins the 2017 retirees after 41 years with Westminster College.
“I have now spent 69 percent of my life here which is 27 percent of Mother Fair’s life. My prayer and my hope for my time at Westminster has been that I might, in some small measure, have the impact on Mother Fair’s children that my Westminster heroes had/have on me,” Huey said.
Huey’s journey at Westminster began in the early 1970s when he was a student at Mother Fair. A graduate of the class of 1974 and outside linebacker for the Titans football team, Huey returned to Westminster where he would later go on to serve as chair of the Department of Education before transitioning to director of the graduate program. He also acted as assistant football coach from 1976 to 1990 and defensive coordinator from 1991 to 1998.
Huey cited Proverbs 3:5-6 as his retirement plan, stating that he retires “with much emotion and a comforting peace.”
Daniel Fischmar, professor/program coordinator of financial economics, is retiring after 42 years with the college. Over the years, Fischmar and the Business Department have played a vital role in developing the annual Professional Networking Symposium at Westminster.
Barbara Quincy is retiring this year after 19 years of serving as Counselor for Westminster College’s health center. Quincy earned her master’s degree in Counselor Education from Westminster in 1985 and returned in 1998 to take on the position as counselor. She has also taught in Westminster’s Counselor Education program since 1998.
“I know my life has been enriched by the honesty, openness and resilience in these Westminster students and it’s been a privilege to share in their personal struggles and successes,” Quincy said.
Her only plan after retirement is to not have a plan and “see what transpires,” but she said she has a few ideas and is very excited.
Staff members retiring are Advancement Secretary Ann Badger and custodian Elaine Gurtner.