Hunt to Retire from MAC
Patsy Hunt, executive administrative assistant to Mineral Area College Dean of Students Jean Merrill-Doss, will retire after 30 years with the community college.
Hunt started working as an administrative assistant to the registrar in February 1983. She worked there for 17 years, and then began working for the dean of students in 2000. She is a member of Missouri Community College Association, and MAC Classified Staff.
Before joining MAC, Hunt worked at the Farmington State Hospital (now Southeast Missouri Mental Health Center) in the outpatient clinic for five years. Even before that, she worked in a local doctor's office for three years, and also was a hairdresser.
A graduate of Central High School, she received her associate of arts degree with a major in pre-business administration from Mineral Area College in 1988.
“I took all my classes as an evening student while working full-time and managing a family,” Hunt said, adding that she graduated with honors, with a 3.86 GPA. “"Sometimes it was difficult juggling a full-time job, taking two or three evening classes per week, and raising a small child in the middle of it all. I couldn't have done it without the encouragment and assistance of my wonderful husband, Gary."
Hunt said her longevity at MAC, both as a student and as an employee, has allowed her to see the shifting trends and transitions of a community college, and experience some rich highlights along the way.
“I've enjoyed seeing MAC grow over the past 30 years, in enrollment, staffing, and facilities,” she said. “Two highlights of my time spent here have been getting my AA degree and walking at graduation, and seeing my daughter graduate from MAC. It was fun watching many children that I have known grow up, and attend/graduate from MAC.”
She said, while the students have been a joy and she treasures her professional friendships that have developed over three decades, “I will miss Dean Jean and ‘my coaches’ most of all. I am blessed to have been a part of the MAC family.”
Still, Hunt said she looks forward to more free time in retirement.
“I plan to play lots of golf, spend time sunning by the pool, reading, riding my new bicycle, traveling when I can, and going to see my daughter & son-in-law in Oklahoma City any time I want!” she said.
Hunt lives in Farmington with her husband of 40 years, Gary, who retired last September, “so we will be spending lots of time together.” They have one daughter, Hillary, a physical therapist, who is married to Brett Herzog, a med student at the University of Oklahoma. (Hunt confided that she looks forward to having grandchildren “one of these days, but there is no hurry.”)