With the end of the year fast approaching, new changes will take place within Lorain County Community College. Director of Human Resource Sydney Lancaster and Administrative Associate Linda Bush will be retiring at the end of this month.
“We are an institution that recognizes great talent and has a tendency to be able to keep that talent connected to LCCC,” said LCCC President Dr. Roy Church, speaking at the retirement celebration for Lancaster and Bush on Dec. 15.
A 20-year employee of LCCC, Lancaster graduated from Kent State University with a bachelor’s degree in business administration. She later received her master’s degree from the University of Akron. Joining LCCC in 1994 as interim director of Human Resources before taking the permanent position as director, she quickly adapted to the position and displayed professionalism in her ability to maintain stability in challenging situations.
Throughout her tenure, Lancaster believes that one of the biggest accomplishments was the success of her department.
“Definitely having the Human Resources Office being viewed as a strategic asset to the college, being responsive to the different divisions and departments in need, and providing excellent service to the college,” she said.
After majoring in business and graduating from LCCC with her associate’s degree, Bush began her career in 1983. Over the course of the past 31 years, she has supported eight Human Resources directors over the years.
“The people and camaraderie we have in the office is one of the things I’ll miss most, for sure,” Bush said, on her upcoming retirement from the college.
As for what comes next for Lancaster and Bush, both look forward to the future.
“There are no big plans after retirement for me,” Lancaster said. “I’ll just see what each day brings, take it easy.”
“I plan on spending more time with my grandchildren, write a children’s book, learn to swim, continue to learn to play the piano,” Bush said. “ And maybe, possibly start on my bachelor’s degree, here with the University Partnership, majoring in business.”
After years of service, Lancaster and Bush embark on the next chapter of their lives with best wishes from Church and the faculty and staff of LCCC.
“The work you have done is gratifying [and] your colleagues here are a testimony to that,” said Church. “We hope you take that into retirement with you and have glorious years to come.”