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01/06/06 8:43 am Age: 10 yrs

Financial VP announces retirement plans


By: Kristi Spurgeon

Manford Simcock has served 24 years at WWC

Manford Simcock, vice president for financial administration at Walla Walla College, announced plans to retire effective July 31, completing 24 years at the college.

“Manford has been a great asset to the college,” says President Jon Dybdahl. “His years of service have placed Walla Walla College in a position to realize our future goals.”

During his service at WWC, Simcock has overseen major renovations in several key campus buildings, new additions to the college’s marine station near the Puget Sound, the construction of two new student apartment complexes, and has also begun the process of construction for a new Administration Building.

“It’s been a privilege to work at such a great school,” Simcock says. “The years I’ve spent at Walla Walla College have been rewarding, both professionally and personally.” As vice president for financial administration, Simcock has overseen most of the college’s administrative functions, including plant services, human resources, risk management, and information services.

After graduating from Atlantic Union College in Massachusetts with a degree in business administration, Simcock received his master’s degree in educational administration from Vanderbilt University’s Peabody College. Before coming to WWC, Simcock worked as an accountant at Atlantic Union College, as a business manager at Pioneer Valley Academy in Massachusetts, and then as principal of Madison Academy in Tennessee.

“Manford has the ability to consider all perspectives in making financial decisions,” says Karen Johnson, vice president for college advancement. Johnson has served as a college administrator with Simcock for 16 years. “He understands that for the long-term financial health of the institution, making decisions based solely on what is the lowest cost is not always the best. His skills and knowledge will be greatly missed on this campus.”

Simcock and his wife, Betty, will continue to reside in College Place.

A search committee is being formed to begin the process of finding a new vice president.

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