Dr. Larry C. and Frances P. Wilson – A Sandhills Dynamic Duo
“The greatest opportunity of my life has been to be part of this educational institution, a place where dreams are created and developed,” states Frances P. Wilson, a Sandhills Community College music instructor who retired in 2011 after 41 years of service.
Mrs. Wilson’s sentiments are echoed by her husband, Dr. Larry C. Wilson who arrived at Sandhills in 1969 to teach Economics and Accounting. He became chair of the Management and Business Technology Department and after teaching “in every program in the department” he retired in 2004.
“When I began as chair, we had three occupational programs that grew to eight and now there are eleven, each developed to meet the needs of the community,” he points out. “As an outstanding community college, Sandhills offers programs that are geared to the occupational needs of the region, programs such as Golf Course Management, Hospitality Management, Culinary Arts, Medical Office Administration and more. There are jobs for these students when they finish.”
Teaching at Sandhills was the first – and only job – for Mrs. Wilson. “In our music program, students receive individual attention and with what they learn, they can go anywhere – and they do!” says this talented woman who taught Music Appreciation, Fundamentals of Music, Voice and directed the choir.
The couple enjoyed teaching on the same campus, although their offices and classrooms were at opposite ends from each other. They had different experiences but there was some overlap as Dr. Wilson, a trumpeter, often participated in music activities. He is currently a member of the SCC Jazz Band.
With two daughters who are also both teachers and two granddaughters, the Wilsons are emphatic about the value of education.
“At Sandhills, students are challenged and supported,” says Dr. Wilson. “That combination helps students be successful.”
“It was a privilege to teach here,” Mrs. Wilson adds.
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