Galveston College spokesman Joe Huff will retire in December after 35 years at the school.

Huff has served six presidents at Galveston College since 1982, when he was first hired as a public information officer, he said.

Since that time, Huff has led a number of campaigns, including a recent marketing push to celebrate the college’s 50th anniversary, he said.

Huff said he counts one of his major accomplishments as his leadership from 1996 to 2001 in the Universal Access program, which raised $3.1 million to guarantee free tuition to Galveston high school graduates, GED recipients and home school graduates.

Galveston College’s diversity in age and backgrounds was always a benefit to working at the school, Huff said.

“When I first came here, 50 percent of our students were probably middle age,” Huff said. “That’s the part that I’ve loved the most, seeing people, even when they were the same age as me, it made you feel young to be in an environment of education.”

Huff also gets credit for the college’s signature blue and rust colors, he said.

“I took the rust and blue of Galveston College off of my shower curtain when I was a bachelor and earth tones were in,” Huff said.

Huff said he will miss his colleagues the most when he leaves Dec. 31.

“It’s nice to work with such a group of faculty and staff that have been so generous to me,” Huff said. “It’s just been an overall really good experience.”

Samantha Ketterer: 409-683-5241; samantha.ketterer@galvnews.com or on Twitter at @sam_kett

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