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Clary to Retire After 45 Years at Tech

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Dr. Eldon Clary, dean of the Arkansas Tech University College of Education and a member of the Tech faculty since 1967, will retire at the end of the 2011-12 academic year.

"I am in the process of completing my 45th year on the faculty at Arkansas Tech University," wrote Clary in his letter of retirement. "I appreciate the opportunities provided for my professional and personal growth during those years. I have enjoyed serving as dean of the College of Education since 2009. The faculty in the College of Education is outstanding, and in my professional opinion the best in the state."

The first member of his family to attend college, Clary (photographed) earned three degrees from the University of North Texas and interviewed to join the Arkansas Tech faculty during the final days of J.W. Hull's administration as Tech president.

During four-and-a-half decades at Arkansas Tech, he has served the campus community as department head, head of secondary instruction, director of teacher education, head of curriculum and instruction and dean of graduate studies. His retirement will become effective June 30.

The Arkansas Tech Board of Trustees accepted Clary's retirement during its meeting on Thursday.

"You are to be commended for your 45 years of exceptional service to the university," wrote Dr. John W. Watson, vice president for academic affairs, in his letter accepting Clary's retirement. "Very few people attain the level of respect and admiration that you have earned. Your distinguished career has benefitted numerous students, the Tech community and education in Arkansas at all levels. An educator can leave no better legacy."