TROY -- No one likes saying goodbye, but that’s exactly what Troy University did Friday during a retirement reception for Betty Chancellor, who for nearly 50 years has helped students find their way through its library.
Chancellor, who started working in the then-Troy State College library as a student worker in 1962, began full-time employment in 1965. At that time, the library was located in McCartha Hall, but there have been many changes since then, she said, including the installation of air conditioning systems across campus.
“It was hot (in the McCartha Hall library),” she said. “I remember having a fan to try to keep us cool.”
Sometimes, her work hours in the McCartha library kept her until 9 p.m. That changed when the library was moved into Wallace Hall, its present location.
During her tenure, she’s worked under the direction of three library directors – Kenneth Croslin, Thomas Souter and the current library dean, Dr. Henry Stewart. She’s also worked under three University chiefs – helping, in fact, to hire current chancellor Dr. Jack Hawkins, Jr. as a member of the search committee to find a replacement for then-Chancellor Ralph Adams.
“I am so proud to have helped bring someone here such as Dr. Hawkins; he has done so much for the University,” said Chancellor.
Although she’s had her hand in more than 85,000 hours of work at the University, including service on the Faculty Advisory Council as a representative and its chair and two NCAA athletic recertification committees, she said that the people of TROY is what she’s enjoyed the most.
“I have enjoyed everyone. They were all unique and all had very special personalities. I work with a lot of wonderful people,” she said. “I look forward to coming back to visit and I haven’t even left yet. I love the student workers and they come back to visit me and that’s very nice,” said Chancellor.
Dr. Ed Roach, TROY’s Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor, said it was rare to honor an employee for such long service as Chancellor’s.
“It is amazing for anyone to have such a long career at a single institution,” he said during the reception, “but it is outstanding to have such a long career at a single institution. If she had thought to count her minutes at TROY, she would have recorded more than five million of them. However, she didn’t count them – instead she gave them in service to this University and for that we thank her.”
Dr. Roach also presented her with a special TROY pin and resolution from the University’s Board of Trustees.
Chancellor said in retirement that she is looking forward to taking a vacation with her sister, taking part in activities at the senior complex, and to continue being active in Sunday school and the choir at First Baptist Church in Troy. She married Tommy Chancellor in 1969, and the couple has one daughter, Kaye Chancellor Davis, who is expecting Chancellor’s first grandchild in July.
Chancellor earned an undergraduate degree from TROY in elementary education and completed a masters degree in library science from the University of Alabama in 1981.