Jane H. McPhaul – A Sandhills Legacy
“Frequently, in the 1960s and ‘70s, young people had others telling them what to do,” reflects Jane H. McPhaul. “In some cases, parents were making decisions for them; unfortunately, teachers and counselors were guilty, too. Likewise, husbands often made decisions for their wives. Sandhills was a place where students were encouraged to make decisions for themselves.”
As a former Math and Science teacher and certified in Guidance in the 1950s, McPhaul was a citizen advocate for the new Sandhills Community College and first taught in the Adult Education Division. Serving as a Counselor in the early years, she became the first Director of the Life Career Development Center, today known as the Career Center.
“I see many tangible success stories throughout this area and beyond,” comments Mrs. McPhaul. “Young people who grew up in the area stay here, becoming leaders and volunteers in the community, strengthening the economy, many owning their businesses. Sandhills continues to serve the community, expanding curricular offerings based on the needs in the area, such as the enhancement of the medical programs.”
Mrs. McPhaul, featured in The Pilot as a “Pillar of the Community”, continued her service to Sandhills, counseling and teaching Sociology part-time. She was later named Assistant for Development in the Office of the President. She chaired the fund-raising efforts to establish the Sir Walter Raleigh Gardens, a unique English garden in the Sandhills Horticultural Gardens. She also served as organizing chairman of the American Association of University Women which later initiated the community based Ruth Pauley Lecture Series held at Sandhills.
Her retirement years, filled with family, civic activities, and continuing professional development, find her very active including conducting workshops on Leadership Development for Women. “Empowering people through life-long learning remains a realistic advantage provided by Sandhills Community College in this, our philanthropic community,” she says.
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