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August 16, 2013

Sanchez reflects on 15 year tenure as Navarro College president

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Corsicana — Daily Sun: Your darkest moment as leader of the college?

Sanchez: Unquestionably, the darkest moment was in 2004, when we had the horrible basketball accident. We lost two players, we had several that were injured. The ones that were injured recovered very well. I had two recently visit me. ... I’ll never forget a story of one of the players. His name was Elijah. During the accident he had his ankle broken, just about severed from the bone. He went to Baylor and the physicians there were very successful to bringing him back to full use. But one day, someone came to me and said ‘Dr. Sanchez you have to go see Elijah. He’s having a very difficult moment.’ He was having bone marrow transplants to help the ankle. I walked in to Elijah’s room and said ‘Elijah, I understand you are very upset and frustrated, and you just don’t know what to do.’ He said ‘Dr. Sanchez, you are absolutely right. I am tired of laying on my back.’ I told him, ‘Elijah, every time that leg hurts or anytime the doctor does work on that leg and it hurts, I want you to remember that every time it hurts, give thanks, because at least you have your leg back. You just about lost your leg.’ He said ‘Dr. Sanchez, you are right, I will never again complain.’ Today, he plays basketball, he’s just as mobile as can be. You would never believe he had that injury. It’s wonderful.

Daily Sun: What advice have your shared with Dr. Kavalier going forward with Navarro College?

Sanchez: There are two things that I always suggest to people. One is, to be consistent. Consistency is very, very important. The second that I would say is something that has served me very well all these years, is ‘if you do it for one, you better do it for all — if you can’t do it for all, you best not do it for one.’ Those two have kept me out of trouble through my entire career as president. Those are two suggestions I would give a new president, a new administrator, and I believe that these will serve her very well.

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