Matney Leaves AC

By Kelly James |

Published 08/01 2014 09:57PM

Updated 08/01 2014 10:14PM

AMARILLO -- It's the end of an era at Amarillo College.

    Dr. Paul Matney officially retired as president Friday.

    It was a bitter/sweet day for Dr. Matney.

    He spent 36 years at AC as a student, then professor, then vice president and finally president.

    On a day when the entire campus looked like a ghost town, the one person still in his office was Dr. Matney.

    It's the last day of a six year run as president.

    He says he's proud of what the faculty and staff was able to accomplish during his tenure and believes the school's success will continue under his successor.

    Dr. Matney walks away from a career where it all started.

"I fell in love with Amarillo College when I was 17 years old and I walked on this campus as a freshman.  To be honest with you becoming a college president was never on my radar screen.  But, what a privelage and what an honor to be able to serve as president of this great institution."  Dr. Matney said.

    Dr. Matney will be succeeded by Dr. Russel Lowery-Hart.

    The AC board of regents last week named him the sole finalist for the president's job.

    The board is expected to officially name Dr. Lowery-Hart as the school's 14th president at their meeting in two weeks.

    Dr. Matney officially took office at AC in 2009.

    But, he served as interim president for more than a year after his predecessor, Dr. Steven Jones, was diagnosed with cancer.

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