Daily Sun: Talk about the support the college receives — what has that meant?
Sanchez: The college has been very fortunate. The college is supported by the Caston Foundation, the Navarro County Educational Foundation, we have scholarships that we provide for students that are absolutely wonderful. ... We have the John Deere program, John Deere has supported the college ever since I came, that’s a wonderful partnership. ... We’ve had very good success with XTO and Cana in the oil and gas program. We just recently met with Anadarko, so those oil companies are very instrumental in helping the college. And, we’ve had a lot of folks that have helped us in year’s past. I’ll never forget Dean Milkes — he is the one who gave me a substantial amount of money to begin the ‘Opening Doors to Success’ program. The foundation has been very instrumental — they constructed the Cook Center, they funded the expansion, and of course, we have to think of Charles and Peggy Pearce. They were incredible, unselfish people that gave the college the artifacts and paintings that are worth several million dollars — it’s all because of Chuck and Peggy. Several people have been very instrumental, so has the community, and business and industry has been very supportive of Navarro College. We’re so appreciative.
Daily Sun: Final question - what’s the first thing you’re going to do in retirement?
Sanchez: Angie and I will be taking a river cruise. We’ll be taking a cruise from Prague down to Paris. ... that’s going to happen almost immediately. We’ll spend about 12 days on that trip. In the spring, I’ve always wanted to go up to the Canadian Rockies. I’ve always wanted to see the Jasper National Forest. I was a ‘backpacker’ in California, and I always heard the Jasper National Forest was a ‘Mecca’ for backpackers. ... I want to see Lake Louise, and I want to stay at the Fairmont Hotel that overlooks Lake Louise. And, I want to take that railroad trip through the Canadian Rockies. ... And, we don’t ‘know’ Texas. I haven’t seen much of Texas, so Angie and I want to come to ‘know’ Texas — south Texas, east Texas, we’re not too interested in going west (laugh) but it’s very pretty when you go east.
The public is invited to attend a retirement reception for Dr. Sanchez from 5 to 7 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 23, 2013, at the Cook Center at Navarro College in Corsicana.
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