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What do you like best about your job?
I like graduation. It’s so nice to sit and watch those young men and women, some of whom I thought I’d never see getting their diplomas. There’s a sense of satisfaction that I have helped put them in a career where they could make a life for themselves.

Spartan has a good relationship with the AEA.

Have you seen an increase in female students?

Yes, but not enough. We’ve gone from about 2 percent women when I first came here, to 8 percent women. It’s sad because there are so many jobs for young ladies. They have good skills, and sometimes they can get into places in the airplane when guys have trouble. We never have any trouble placing those ladies when they graduate.

We go back a long way with the AEA. It has been very supportive of our school, helping us get donations of equipment. We have donated about threequarters of a million dollars in scholarships through the AEA Educational Foundation. Mike Adamson, AEA vice president of member programs and education, serves on our advisory committee, and we have a student chapter at the college. We go to the AEA International Convention & Trade Show, and we take students to the regional meetings once a year. We have a great relationship with the AEA, and I look forward to continuing to work with them.

including triplets, three boys, born on Dec. 1 last year. They don’t all live in the area. Two daughters live in town, and our grandson and his wife with the triplets live nearby. Grady is a wild man, Ryker is just laid back, and Reid is curious about everything; he will probably be an avionics tech.

Do you have pets?

What do you do when you’re not working?

Molly has about 13 turtles that live under our storage shed, and they’ll come up on the patio to be fed. We started with some wild turtles we brought home. We have male and female turtles, so no telling how many turtles are out there now. They eat primarily vegetables and insects, but they come on the patio and Molly will give them a worm or a piece of banana. We go to Bass Pro and buy bait worms for them.

What’s a typical day?

I get in around 7 a.m., check how many students are missing and call them. We have someone who calls the students to say, “You’re not in school today; come in.” Then I will visit some of the classrooms to observe. During the day, I will advise students and take care of the dreaded paperwork. We release classes at 2:30 p.m., and then I meet with some of the instructors and give them feedback on what they’re doing right or wrong. I also make sure we have all the necessary supplies the instructors need to teach.

Being an old Okie, I sit on the back porch and rock. My wife, Molly, and I like to travel, and we’re big baseball fans. We had been to every major league park in the U.S. and Canada until Miami built a new stadium this year. So, we’ll go to Miami sometime this year. We also like to tour the presidential museums and libraries. Of course, we like to play with the grandchildren.

Do you have any plans to retire?

I planned to retire at the end of last year, but our president asked me to stay another year. I hope to make it to the end of this year, and then we’ll look at next year.

What does your crystal ball see in the future?

How many grandchildren do you have?
Molly and I have a blended family of children. She describes it as I fathered three children, and she gave birth to two. So, between our five children, we have 18 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren,

Personally, I see unmanned aerial systems. We worked with NCATT to establish standards for technicians. I think we have some challenges ahead of us with these vehicles, but that will be a really interesting time when they can go in national airspace. q To learn more about Spartan College, visit www.spartan.edu.
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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Avionics News September 2012

Point of Communication
AEA Now
The View From Washington
International News and Regulatory Updates
Aircraft as Antenna Farm
Member Profile
Understated Success
Hooking Up With Aspen’s Connected Panel
Meet the AEA Board
Member Profile
A Conversation With...
Business Basics
Theory & Practice
Legal Ease
What’s New
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Avionics News September 2012 - Point of Communication
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Avionics News September 2012 - AEA Now
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Avionics News September 2012 - The View From Washington
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Avionics News September 2012 - International News and Regulatory Updates
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Avionics News September 2012 - Aircraft as Antenna Farm
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Avionics News September 2012 - Member Profile
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Avionics News September 2012 - Understated Success
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Avionics News September 2012 - Hooking Up With Aspen’s Connected Panel
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