Faculty and friends said goodbye to Dr. Larry Phillips Monday afternoon at Angelina College.
A special retirement reception was held to honor the 24 year president that announced his retirement last year.
Phillips began his time with Angelina College in 1991. The college now has campuses in Jasper, Crockett, Livingston and learning centers throughout the East Texas area. In that time, Phillips said he learned most what it meant to serve.
"It's about serving the faculty and staff that works here," Phillips said. "Trying the best to give them the tools to do the job and in the case of the community college it's about serving the community."
Phillips retired after more than 50 years of service in education, including 43 years as a community college administrator.
Phillips began his career in education spending eight years in secondary schools as a teacher and administrator at Spring Branch High School.
Phillips graduated from Rice University in 1964 after playing basketball for the Owls. He was picked by the Detroit Pistons in the 1964 NBA draft, but completed his master's degree at the University of Texas in Austin. Phillips performed his post-graduate work at the University of California-Riverside before receiving his Doctorate in Educational Administration from the University of Houston in 1975.