AMARILLO -- The Amarillo College Board of Regents voted unanimously Tuesday night May 20th to rename the newly-revised Mass Media program after retiring AC President Paul Matney.
It will become the Matney Mass Media Program in honor of the leader who began his 35-year AC career teaching in the program formerly called mass communication, radio/TV and journalism.
"This is a fitting tribute to Dr. Matney," said Ellen Green, chief of communication and marketing. "Matney taught more than 2,400 media students during his years in the classroom and also worked as a local weathercaster on the weekends."
"He has strong ties to area broadcasters and former students and employers in the media industries," Green said. "Since he began his higher education career in this program, it makes sense to honor his legacy this way."
In conjunction with the program renaming, the AC Foundation has established a Paul Matney Fund, which will assist the Matney Mass Media Program and other AC initiatives. The fund will be used for scholarships, faculty support, and program needs within the college.
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