GAINESVILLE, TX - North Central Texas College honored and said goodbye to retiring president Doctor Eddie Hadlock Thursday afternoon.
More than a hundred people expressed their gratitude and appreciation for the man they say did so much for the college.
Dr. Hadlock announced his retirement after 40 years with N.C.T.C.
He started back in 1974 as a vocational counselor, but during his years of commitment and dedication to the college, he served in every capacity of college operations...eventually...even becoming President.
People throughout Cooke County stood up to honor a man who has devoted his life to education.
Dr. Hadlock has decided to start a new chapter in life, retirement, after dedicating four decades to N.C.T.C.
"I'm most proud of the things that we were able to do, to really bring to the forefront student success, Really get that in our culture and really focus on student success," said Dr. Hadlock.
Dr. Hadlock started at N.C.T.C. back in 1974.
Through the years he has served in many roles as counselor, director, dean, vice president and 10 years as president.
Over the time he said he's loved watching the college grow.
"Having less than 1,500 students back there and now having over 10,000. There's been a lot of changes, a lot of technology and proud of all the campuses and communities we serve. I just have a lot of great memories," said Dr. Hadlock.
N.C.T.C's new president, Dr. Brent Wallace, said he has some big shoes to fill and hopes he can carry on the success that Dr. Hadlock has brought to the college.
"Eddie Hadlock exemplifies high ethical character, an open-door policy, a mentorship that I could only hope to exemplify in the presidency," said Dr. Wallace.
Dr. Hadlock said he will miss the interaction with his staff and students, but knows Dr. Wallace will do a great job.
"Dr. Wallace has been on the staff for three years. He is very talented, very capable and I know the college is in good hands," said Dr. Hadlock.
Dr. Hadlock said after 40 years at N.C.T.C. he is looking forward to retirement, especially spending more time with his family.
He will also get some more time for his hobbies, like jewelry-making and glass-fusing.