Today was the 72nd anniversary of the creation of Howard College and it was the perfect day to celebrate Howard College Director of Institutional Advancemeant Jan Foresyth, a woman who has been dedicated to Howard College and the City of Big Spring for many years.
Foresyth began her career with the college in 1976 as a clerk in the Business Office and moved through many positions with the college. In 1995 she has been the Director of Institutional Advancement. Since then she has been serving in the community to for the advancement of Howard College. She has served in leadership positions for 22 years and has given 42 years of outstanding service to Howard College.
Throughout the years Foresyth has worked with the Howard College Foundations, most Big Spring, but also with SWCID and San Angelo campuses as well. Since taking the lead of the college advancement in 1995, her efforts have resulted in the Foundation Funds increasing by $2,805,927.
“God, family, friends, relationships, service, and Howard College – this is Jan,” said Dr. Cheryl Sparks, President of Howard College, of Foresyth. Foresyth has served throughout the years with many organizations for the betterment of the Howard College, Big Spring, and Howard County.
The Big Spring Area Chamber of Commerce awarded Forsyth with the “Shining Star of Big Spring & Howard County” Award, and she was also awarded with a key to the City of Big Spring from Mayor Larry McLellan. She was also given a Resolution from Howard College, as well as a the traditional retirement clock that is meant to represent the time dedicated to the college. She was given the personalized brick that will be placed in the P.W. Malone Plaza at the Howard College Big Spring campus.
According to Dr. Sparks, Foresyth has been “making dreams real” for the many students of Howard College, their families, and in their lives. as a result of her efforts, Dr. Sparks announced that Howard College has created a scholarship in Foresyth’s name and that it has already been endowed with $17,000.
“It’s been an incredible ride,” says Foresyth of her 42 years of service to Howard College.
“It’s rewarding when you go to graduation and when see those kids walk across the stage and you know that they couldn’t have gone to school if they hadn’t have had the money that we have here,” says Foresyth.
“That’s my selling point to my donors. Kids need help and they don’t realize how much education costs and it’s such a nice feeling to know that you helped a kid better himself.”
Foresyth said that in the 42 years of service to Howard College, her favorite thing to see is the education of students. She also went on to say that she’ll miss the faculty that she works with but she’s looking forward to spending time with her family.
Julie Bailey will now serve as the new Director of Institutional Advancement.