Mississippi College

MC Family Salutes Linda Wall at Retirement Reception

June 29, 2009

About 150 members of the Mississippi College family turned out to express their thanks to Linda Wall and wish her the very best at her June 24 retirement reception.

There were plenty of brownies, bowls of punch and lots of hugs at the Alumni Hall reception on that Wednesday morning. Many lined up to say farewell to the longtime MC staffer or exchange a few funny memories of their time together at the Christian university.

A former Mississippi teacher and University of Southern Mississippi graduate, Wall joined the MC staff in 1993. She earned her bachelor's degree in business education at USM. She's always been about the business of moving MC forward.

Retired art professor Kenneth Quinn showered her with a piece of his art work, with her name inscribed on it. Others stopped by to write a nice note.

A friendly face to many in Nelson Hall, Wall really isn't going too far away. The executive assistant to Steve Stanford, MC's vice president for administration, Wall is a Clintonian at heart and isn't leaving her hometown.

She and her husband, Johnny, plan to travel - they love the Rocky Mountains and they hope to take a trip to Colorado this fall. Linda also will spend more time with her children, Brian and Christi, and her grandkids, Kelby Wall and Jacey Wall during her retirement years.

She's got mixed emotions about retiring. As she says goodbye to many on the faculty and staff at Mississippi College, it is "sad that all of its wonderful people will not be part of my daily life.'' At MC, she said, "every day is a special day,'' but Wednesday's reception was really extra special for her. She expressed her thanks to "so many wonderful friends'' who stopped by to wish her well at the reception or via a flood of emails.

Sherry Bobo, the campus coordinator for scheduling, and Linda Wall are good friends and that friendship will blossom in the years ahead.

"She's wonderful. I will just miss her so much - she's my buddy,'' Bobo said.

Their friendship grew almost daily as they exercised together. Bobo and Wall were frequent swimmers at the MC pool over the last 16 years. The good thing, Bobo said, is her buddy isn't moving far away from the university. "She just lives one neighborhood over.''

Among other well-wishers at Wednesday's reception was Cindy Hampton, a 32-year MC staff veteran. "She's always been very nice and helpful. We will miss her for sure,'' said Hampton, the trainer/help desk coordinator with MC's office of computer services.

A Newton native, Wall worked in the area of student affairs for years and served in other posts before coming over to her current job on the first floor at Nelson Hall. Wall has served on university committees and as president of the Staff Club at MC.

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