Garner to receive Board of Trustees Award

Thu Apr 20, 2017 at 02:49 PM

Dale GarnerDuring the April meeting, North Arkansas College Trustees selected former employee Dale Garner to receive the Board of Trustees award Saturday, May 6 at 10 a.m. during Commencement exercises at Pioneer Pavilion. This award is given to an individual or organization in recognition of outstanding contributions to the college. Jane Adair, chair of the North Arkansas College Board of Trustees, will make the presentation.

Dale is in his element when helping others and is a true servant leader. Dale worked full-time at Northark and the former Twin Lakes Vocational-Technical School for 36 years. He was director of the business office.

“Dale was positive and supportive with everyone he came in contact with,” said Don Sugg, Garner’s former supervisor Northark vice president of finance and administration. “He’s very talented and can do most anything from building fine furniture, constructing a house, developing Excel spreadsheets to tackling complex computer issues!”

At Northark, Dale was known as the “go-to” person for students and staff who had issues or just needed a pep-talk. He was very creative and thought “out-of-the-box” providing unique solutions to various problems or “opportunities” for improvements. He was never too busy to sit and talk with someone who was struggling.

Retiring in 2009, Dale didn’t waste any time in plunging into volunteer efforts. Dale traveled to Haiti and built houses for those in need after the earthquake of 2010 and served as lead contractor and architect on 4 trips. He made two journeys to Magog, Canada to convert an old Theater into a church. In the U.S., he led relief trips to Louisiana after Hurricane Katrina and tornadoes in Oklahoma, and other locations across the nation through his work with Baptist Disaster Relief.

Dale juggles positions in various local worthwhile organizations. He managed to be very involved even when working full-time at Northark. A long-time member of Kiwanis, currently serving as Treasurer, he is a Deacon at First Baptist Church, Clerk for North Arkansas Baptist Association and sits on the Board of Directors for Independent Living. He volunteers and provides support for other local organizations such as Sanctuary, Boone County Heritage Museum and the Battered Women’s Shelter.

Last year, friends, church members and former colleagues wrote numerous letters to the Harrison Daily Times, ultimately resulting in the naming of Dale as one of the 2016 John Paul Hammerschmidt Men of Distinction awardees.

There are many who have benefited from Dale’s talent and volunteer efforts. Knowing his exemplary character and commitment to serving others, the North Arkansas Board of Trustees recognize Dale for his impact on others. The results of his diligent stewardship efforts will continue long into the future.

A native of Western Grove, AR Dale currently resides in Harrison with his wife Janice. They are blessed with 4 children, several grand-children and a host of friends across the country.

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