Posted at: 06/28/2013 5:38 PM
By: Katie Eldred

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Supalla's Tenure at RCTC Ends on a High Note

(ABC 6 NEWS) -- After 40 years of services at RCTC, Friday president Don Supalla hung up his hat.

Supalla started as a teacher at RCTC back in 1972.

"Yea the first day of class I was teaching a 2nd year accounting program as a substitute teacher, and I was absolutely scared to death," said Supalla.

His first day may have been rough, but it was the start of a long career at RCTC. Where he would eventually become RCTC’s president for 17 years.

"My 40 years are almost half of the entire history of the college, which will celebrate 100 in the next couple of years," said Supalla.

Through those years he's had an impact on many.

"I had the pleasure of having him as my typing teacher at the old vocational school," said Judy Kingsbury.

Supalla’s past student and assistant for 17 years, Judy Kingsbury, says through the years Supalla has always brought a great attitude to campus.

"He was bubbly from the start, he made learning fun," said Kingsbury.

From his start as a teacher in 1972 a lot has changed at RCTC. Supalla has played a big part in much of it.

"It's been a lot of fun being here and watching all those changes develop over the years," said Supalla.

"If look at the campus and you look around at the buildings, you say yea Don was here, he was the one up at the capitol making sure we got it," said Kingsbury.

With his office packed Supalla says what he will miss most are both the students and the faculty. That feeling is mutual.

"Yea, he's just definitely left an imprint and he will be sorely missed," said Kingsbury.

Unlike his first day at RCTC, Supalla says on his last day he is more filled with excitement for the future than anything.

"The school will have a new energy, new enthusiasm, new excitement, and that's wonderful, I'm feeling good about today actually," said Supalla.

Taking over at RCTC will be interim president Gail O'Kane. She was appointed as interim president back in March while the search continues for a permanent president.