It was a night of goodbyes and introductions on Tuesday at the Mesalands Community College board of trustees meeting.
The board thanked John Yearout, retiring director of the Public Relations, for nine years of dedicated service to the college.
Yearout was attending his last meeting of the board.
"This is John's swan song," said Phillip O. Barry, president of Mesalands. "He is responsible for making Mesalands what it is today."
"John has done an outstanding job for Mesalands and he has the trustees thanks and gratitude," said J. Bronson Moore, trustee chair.
Yearout's retirement is effective July 1.
"Because of the wind energy projects this has been a PR person's dream," Yearout said. "The worldwide exposure and coordinating with news agencies has been amazing."
Yearout said he plans to move to Idaho and will continue to be a part of Mesalands as an online instructor.
"I will be teaching two courses online this fall," Yearout said. "It has been an interesting ride for sure and I will miss it.
His replacement Kimberly Hanna will assume the role and responsibilities of PR director.
"I am very excited to have this opportunity," Hanna said. "I know I've got some big shoes to fill."
Yearout introduced one of his last projects for the college, a new utility that will be used by students this fall semester. It is a CD-Rom class schedule catalog.
"This will save the college $7,000," Yearout said. "Printing the catalog last year cost $10,000 producing this CD cost $3,000."
Yearout loaded the CD into a computer and gave a demonstration to the board. He flipped the pages of the catalog on the screen much like a person would a printed catalog. The functions on the CD-Rom include specific page printing and quick reference guides and section jumps.
"Thank you for all that you have done for this college," said trustee Jim Streetman. "We will miss you and wish you luck in everything you do.
Yearout said that he plans to return to Tucumcari for the opening of the North American Wind Research and Training Center.
Other items before the board included:
l Approval of the Open Meetings Act resolution.
l Increase of the mileage reimbursement rate from $0.32 to $0.40.