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  • Brown

    When Cindy Brown started working at South Plains College on Aug. 1, 1974, Dean Nathan Tubb told her that she fell into the optional retirement category and that he didn’t expect her to stay here too long. She had only been married for two years, and she and her husband, Tom, did not have any children.

    At that time, employees of SPC were required to live in Levelland. However, the Browns had just recently purchased their first home in Lubbock and SPC allowed her to continue to live there. Cindy Brown was not willing to give up all the money they’d spent getting into the house. During her first semester, Brown learned she was pregnant. She gave birth to twin boys.

    “South Plains College’s reputation inspires me to makes a difference in the lives of the students, and that value is shared by everyone here,” she said. “The college is small enough that you get to meet new people. Family is welcome and I didn’t have to miss out on watching my children’s events and activities.”Brown

    Brown relied on her experiences from working in the retail industry to help her in the classroom. Early on in her career, Brown was as an instructor and coordinator of Fashion Merchandising. She used the summer months to stay in touch with fashion trends. She gave her students real-world experience in off-campus study trips to the Dallas Apparel Mart. She also took the students on tours of the New York City Fashion Market every other year.

    For a time at SPC, the college hosted fashion shows and sponsored dances. Brown said the duties of setting up for the shows, moving the risers, decorating the stage, coordinating the music and the models often fell to the instructors.

    “At that time, we didn’t have a custodial staff, so we did it all,” she said.

    Brown’s program was revised in the 1990s to focus on marketing, management and business trends.

    “The business area is ever-changing,” she said. “I try to keep up with what’s going on in the world and how that affects my students.”

    Brown said at the start of each class, she would talk about a current issue such as rising oil prices. Then she would get her students to relate what that issue meant to their money. She also used her community connections to bring business owners to the classroom to evaluate the students’ business plans.

    Brown said she credits Sicily Lattimore as being her mentor and friend throughout her career at SPC. Lattimore taught accounting as a part-time instructor when the college opened. She later taught American History and joined the Business Department faculty full time in 1968. She retired in 1979.

     

    Brown served on a variety of committees during her time at SPC. She also participated in professional development opportunities on campus.

    Throughout her 40 year career at SPC, Brown said the only time she considered leaving was when her husband looked at other opportunities. Instead of leaving, he opened a business in Levelland.

    “I believe South Plains College is an excellent place to work,” Cindy said. “One of my hobbies is learning, and teaching has provided me with the opportunity to work at my hobby.”

    Cindy and Tom Brown celebrated 39 years together before his death in 2011. They have twin sons, Chris (Monica) of Plano and Chad (Heather) of Little Rock, Ark. Chris is a builder in the McKinney area. He and his wife have two children, Victoria, 4, and Graham Thomas, 3. Chad works for Blue Cross Blue Shield. He and his wife have four children, Conor, 11; Griffin, 8; Hudson, 4; and Emerson, 3. Brown is retiring from SPC on May 9. She plans to move to Frisco to be closer to her grandchildren.

    Brown holds a Bachelor of Science in Clothing and Textiles and Master of Science degree in Merchandising, Clothing and Textiles Education, both from Texas Tech University. She completed graduate studies at North Texas State.

     


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