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Academic dean retires from RCC

RCC Academic Dean Glennon Retires

RCC Academic Dean Glennon Retires

Since 1964, when the 18-year-old Nuala Glennon emigrated from Ireland to the United States in search of employment, she has earned two degrees and accumulated decades of job experience, culminating in her 2002 appointment as Rappahannock Community College’s Glenns Campus dean. She will retire at the end of December.

“Working at RCC has been very satisfying,” Glennon says. “The mission of the college is something you can support wholeheartedly. Helping people to better their lives . . . community colleges do that better than other institutions of higher learning. It’s a good feeling to be able to help someone get ahead and succeed”—and it has been both her duty and her pleasure to prepare 20 years’ worth of RCC students to accomplish these goals.

Glennon holds a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from the University of Missouri at St. Louis, and a master’s degree in education, with an emphasis on mathematics, from the State University of New York at Fredonia. After following her husband’s career as a United States Army aviator to military bases around the nation, she found her way to Virginia when he was transferred to Fort Eustis in 1991. She joined RCC in 1992 as a full-time math instructor, and earned the Glenns campus deanship ten years later. Since July 2011 she has been the academic dean in charge of RCC’s Math Redesign Project.

“I was really fortunate and blessed that our lives brought us to Virginia,” says Glennon. “I’d always wanted to teach, specifically adult students, so it was heaven-sent that I should be able to join RCC. I certainly enjoyed teaching, and did not move away from it lightly to take the dean’s position; and even then, I tried to find ways to help students outside of the classroom.”

5 Responses to “Academic dean retires from RCC”

  1. Best wishes for every happiness in your retirement.

  2. Joseph Mueller says:

    Best wishes to you in your retirement. Thank you for everything you have done for the college and the students.

  3. Linda says:

    Wishing you every happiness in your retirement, Nuala. Thank you for all you have done for the faculty, students and the college community. God Bless!

  4. Nina Thompson says:

    Dear Glenda: No one else like you! You have been an inspiration and mentor for so many of us who were lucky to know you and benefited from your knowledge and enthusiasm. Your love for RCC, its mission and love for teaching are well known and recognized by everybody. I, personally, wish you the very best on your new endeavors and I am sure that you will keep making a difference in the life of those you will encounter. BIG CONGRATULATIONS ON A JOB WELL DONE! Nina

  5. Hallie says:

    Hi, Nuala,

    Congratulations! Welcome to the ranks of the retired!

    Hallie in NM

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