By Janet Jacobs
Corsicana Daily Sun
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A reception for retiring Navarro College President Richard Sanchez was attended by several hundred faculty, community leaders and supporters of the college Friday at the Cook Center in Corsicana.
Sanchez and his wife, Angie, were presented with a blessing from the pope, a proclamation by Corsicana City Mayor Chuck McClanahan, Navarro County Judge H.M. Davenport, a congratulatory resolution from State Rep. Byron Cook, and gifts from the college and board of trustees.
He was praised for having taken the college from 3,400 students to more than 10,000 students, for the massive building and expansions of campuses, as well as for the partnerships created with other universities.
Sanchez told a few stories from his past, including his original life’s goal of being a lumber grader at the local lumberyard in Flagstaff, Ariz., before his wife encouraged him to go to college and become an educator.
Sanchez said that when he was a small child most of the members of his family had been underground copper miners. His family didn’t encourage education and they didn’t have books in the home.
“She was always there to give me the encouragement my family didn’t give me,” he said.
He also thanked his family, board members past and present, the staff of the college and support of the community.
“I’ve had an absolutely incredible career,” he said. “I could stay at Navarro College until I died.”
Read more about the Sanchez retirement reception in the Tuesday online and print editions of the Daily Sun.
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