September 7, 2022
After 25 years of exemplary service to Huntingdon College as Executive Assistant to the President and Corporation Secretary to the Board of Trustees, Mrs. Sandy Kelser has informed me of her decision to retire effective January 1, 2023. In her letter accompanying our conversation, Sandy wrote that “the past 25 years at Huntingdon have been very rewarding…and I will cherish all the wonderful memories for years to come. I will always remember the Home We Love So Well, and Hawk ‘Em!”
Sandy Kelser is a consummate professional. She is deeply devoted to the mission of the College and the ideals which have guided this community of learning for 168 years. Her selflessness, her energy, and her genuine concern for everyone with whom she works and serves — students and their families, faculty and staff, alumni, trustees — are a reflection of the College’s motto: “Enter to Grow in Wisdom; Go Forth to Apply Wisdom in Service.” It is my privilege to be Sandy’s colleague. All the Wests — my wife Elizabeth, our children Grace and William, and I — are blessed by Sandy’s friendship.
As a College Family, we will take the opportunity later this semester to recognize and celebrate Sandy’s legacy to our institution. In the meantime, I invite and encourage you to reach out to her with your good wishes. Please feel free to come by the President’s Office and speak with Sandy personally. If anyone deserves a joyful retirement full of happiness with family and friends, it is Sandy. And we certainly do not have to wait for a formal occasion to celebrate with her!
At the conclusion of our Commencement Ceremonies every year, I send out the graduating class with these words from the Apostle Paul (Philippians 4.8-9): “Finally, beloved, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is pleasing, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence and if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. Keep on doing the things that you have learned and received and heard and seen…and the God of peace will be with you.”
Those words are a powerful reminder of the values by which we strive to live as a College. They express the manner by which Sandy lives her life. We are a better community, and better individual women and men, because she has passed our way.