Mt. San Jacinto College Vice President Dennis Anderson has retired but will remain active in local stage productions
GAIL WESSON/STAFF PHOTO
in the scene shop at Mt. San Jacinto College
where stacks of theater seats are piled as the college gets ready to replace them.
Anderson retired at the end of June as vice president of instruction of the college after a 40-year career with the college including teaching theater, and administrative posts.
He will continue as artistic director of the Ramona Pageant.
Dennis Anderson's life is so entwined in Mt. San Jacinto College that while retirement relieves him of administrative duties, he has joined the college's fundraising foundation board.
Looking back on a 40-year career at the college that ended last month, Anderson
said it was time to retire at age 65 as vice president of instruction after the college succeeded in gaining six-year accreditation.
"I guess if I could fix the state budget, I would stay," he
lamented the heartbreak of not being able to serve as many students as want to enroll because of funding limits.
The challenge is to maintain the quality of curriculum and stay innovative in distance learning and technology in the college's online and combination classes, he
will help students create a documentary for the college's 50th anniversary in February.