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Academic Hall of Fame Induction Planned for May 16

published May 7, 2019Academic Hall of Fame Induction Planned for May 16

Highland Community College will induct Ms. Brenda Hines and Dr. Mark Anderson into the HCC Academic Hall of Fame on Thursday, May 16. A ceremony, induction, and reception will be held from 4-6 p.m. that evening.


Brenda Hines, Highland Community College faculty member for 46 years, will be inducted as Faculty Emeritus. Hines, a native of Seneca, Missouri, began her journey as an Instructor of English, Philosophy, and Ethics at Highland Community College in 1969. During her years teaching at Highland, Brenda was an enormous resource for her students and peers and saw many changes on campus. Hines retired in 2015.


Faculty members nominated for the status must have been a professional employee for at least 15 years, have retired and must be approved by professional staff, the President’s senior administrators and then confirmed by the HCC Board of Trustees.

Emeritus candidates are evaluated on the following qualities during their time at HCC:

Leadership qualities

Commitment to instructional excellence and student learning

Innovative approaches to instruction

Demonstrates a positive attitude toward learning and students

Professional growth

Promoted student interaction/involvement

Communicated high expectations to students

Supported students outside the classroom

Supported Highland in the community



Dr. Mark Anderson, of Irvine, California will be inducted as the 2019 Distinguished Alumni. Dr. Anderson is a board-certified neurosurgeon who has been in solo-practice since 1981. After attending Highland, Anderson went on to earn an MD from the University of Kansas Medical School and train at Stanford Medical Center Department of Neurosurgery. The Seneca, Kansas, native was the youngest neurosurgeon, at the age of 29, to go into practice in the United States.


Distinguished Alumni nominees are submitted by HCC professional employees, the President’s senior staff or the HCC Alumni or Foundation Board members. In addition to having to have attended HCC, candidates must have reached a status in their professional life that sets them apart from their peers and their community.


Highland Community College President David Reist will induct both Anderson and Hines at the ceremony. “It is an honor to recognize excellence with an induction in the Highland Community College Academic Hall of Fame and this year’s nominees include superb examples of that. Brenda was a mentor to many and a vital piece to the college experience for so many students during her time here. We thank Brenda for her many years of service and dedication.”


Reist continued, “Dr. Anderson is a shining example of what you can do and where you can go with an education starting here Highland. We welcome Mark back to campus and thank him for his contributions in his field.”


The ceremony will be held on the evening prior to commencement on the Highland campus. Attendees will gather in the Lower Level of the Porter Family Stadium Center. The community is invited to attend.

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