Retiring CCC trustee honored for service

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer

A Clovis resident with a long history of civil service was honored Wednesday.

About 50 people gathered at Clovis Community College to commemorate Robert Lydick’s nearly two decade-long tenure as a member of the Clovis Community College Board of Trustees.

Lydick, 83, officially retired from the position Wednesday.

His service in education as a member of various committees totals 37 years, according to colleagues.

“I wanted to reminisce just a little about the early, early days,” Lydick said. “In the early days … (Clovis Community College) … was an idea.”

Lydick nurtured that idea into a reality, friends and colleagues said Wednesday.

“His service … has been outstanding,” former CCC President Jay Gurley said.

CCC Trustee Russell Muffley said Lydick has been his mentor and a “rock solid foundation” to CCC.

CCC began as a branch campus of Eastern New Mexico University in 1961. The campus moved to the former Eugene Field Elementary School building with the support of local taxpayers in 1970.

Twenty years later, the college separated from ENMU and became a locally controlled community college.

“It’s been … I’d say a very interesting 37 or 40 years. It was an honor to serve (CCC) that long,” Lydick said.

Lydick’s position as a trustee has been passed to Charles Guthals, who was elected into the position Tuesday.

Meetings watch
The Clovis Community College Board of Trustees met Wednesday. The following is a summary of the meeting in which the Trustees:

• Elected Board of Trustees officers. Former Secretary Gayla Brumfield was voted into the chairman position. Arnold Martinez was voted into the secretary
position.

• Heard newly elected trustees, Brumfield and Charles Guthals, being sworn into their positions.

• Approved the 2007-2008 academic
calendar.

• Accepted the audit report for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2006. The public accounting firm of Miller and Associates performed a routine, independent audit of CCC’s financial records for fiscal year ending in June 2006. The audit concludes financial statements of CCC fairly represent the financial position of the college, according to a memorandum from David Pacheco, CCC vice president of administration. The audit has been accepted by the Office of the State Auditor, according to the memo.

— Compiled by CNJ staff writer Marlena Hartz