HAMLET — Mark Lindsey is retiring from Richmond Community College this month after 12 years of service to the college.
Throughout his tenure, Lindsey was responsible for a multitude of tasks, including running the print shop for several years, maintaining RCC’s website and coordinating with Time Warner Cable to broadcast college programming on a local access channel. At one point, his job description at RCC included 15 line items.
A native of Hamlet, Lindsey moved to Rome, Georgia, as a teenager to attend prep school. After graduating, he discovered a passion in photography, which led to him opening his own freelance business and having an opportunity to take photos at the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta. He also photographed several NASCAR races, celebrity golf tournaments and many other corporate events and youth sports.
Along with taking photos, Lindsey also managed a photo tech lab and dabbled in the restaurant business in Georgia.
In September 2003, Lindsey decided to move back to Hamlet to be closer to his family and was hired to run the print shop at RCC, as well as maintain the college’s website. He said he enjoyed his time working in the print shop most because it allowed him to interact with many people on campus.
“It was almost like a family environment because everyone was so close,” Lindsey said.
Lindsey also had other family ties to RCC, as his mother, Janet, was a longtime RCC Board of Trustees member who was instrumental in establishing the RCC Foundation. The Lindsey-Petris building on RCC’s main campus in Hamlet is named in her honor.
“The Lindsey family has had a tremendous impact on the success of Richmond Community College, and we greatly appreciate the many years of service Mark has given to the college,” said RCC President Dr. Dale McInnis. “He has always been willing to accept new duties and challenges, and he will be greatly missed at RCC.”
Lindsey said he has no specific plans for retirement other than to enjoy time with his wife.
“I imagine we’ll take some trips and spend time working in the yard,” he said.
Wylie Bell is director of marketing and communications at Richmond Community College.