Retiring from Flagler
Oct 1, 2015
Ken Russom, Vice President of Business Services
During his time as Flagler College’s vice president of Business Services, Ken Russom’s chief task has been transforming big ideas into action. “I got here during a time when I was able to take part in the college’s future planning and strategic planning,” he said of joining the college in 1991. “The library went up and it was a big ‘wow,’ we renovated Kenan Hall, as well as the Ponce, and the projects just kept coming. I feel like I was here and assisted with the giant that stood up and off we went.” Russom officially stepped down as vice president of Business Services in the summer of 2014, but stayed on to help ease the transition for new Vice President David Carson.
Martha Shinn, Youth Ministry Director
For more than three decades, Youth Ministry Director Martha Shinn has been drawing upon her faith to serve as a quiet, yet steadfast force in the lives of young adults. In late June, after mentoring 400 to 500 students in the Youth Ministry minor over the course of her career, she officially stepped down from her post. “It’s been an amazing opportunity and privilege to do this work,” she said. “I’ve felt like I got to work with the best students — they always wanted to be here and they’re motivated.”
Dr. Douglas McFarland, Professor and English Department Chair
Retiring Professor and English Department Chair Dr. Douglas McFarland delivered his final talk, titled “In Defense of Reading: Language and the Liberal Arts,” in April. The Medieval and Renaissance scholar imparted wisdom of the value of reading by sharing ruminations on famous authors and philosophers including Homer, Marcel Proust, James Joyce and Michel de Montaigne. McFarland has been teaching at Flagler since 2009. He holds a Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley and taught Medieval and Renaissance literature, as well as Latin and Greek.