Long-time Richland College fitness instructor receives award from state representative

From left to right: Mitzi Werther, Emeritus Program Director; Bill Neal, Faculty; Carol Kent, Texas State Representative; Kay Eggleston, Interim President.

From left to right: Mitzi Werther, Emeritus Program Director; Bill Neal, Faculty; Carol Kent, Texas State Representative; Kay Eggleston, Interim President.

Today, state representative Carol Kent presented Richland College fitness instructor Bill Neal with a certificate of achievement for his years of service teaching physical education.

Kent said, “Richland College [and Bill Neal] take us through the very beginning of life to silver and golden years of life.”

Kent, a former Richland student and adjunct professor of 15 years, applauded Neal for teaching a variety of fitness classes from health to bowling to golf as well as coaching the wrestling, volleyball, baseball and women’s basketball teams over his 38-year tenure. He also facilitates the “Silverducks” Emeritus class; they nominated him for the award.

“Receiving the award on behalf of the emeritus program is an honor since they are the committed group that keeps it going,” said Neal.

Richland College interim president Dr. Kay Eggleston said, “It is through people like Bill Neal that we build community one person at a time.”