Ronnie Randall Retires After 35 Years at SFSC
After 35 years of service to South Florida State College (SFSC), Ronnie Randall, end-user support analyst, will retire July 31.
Prior to joining SFSC, Randall was an electrician for a company that was based out of St. Petersburg. He was working on the construction of the college’s auditorium in 1978 when he was approached by former SFSC employee, Royce Henry, head of the Maintenance Department, about an employment opportunity at the college.
“I couldn’t pass it up, I had just bought a house and my family was here,” Randall said. “My first impression of the college was that it was like a family. The college had few employees and was a close-knit group. Now you’re lucky if you know everyone’s name. I’ve been here for all four presidents and both college name changes.”
Over the years, Randall’s titles at SFSC have been electrical tech maintenance, specialized maintenance, PC tech analyst, and end-user support analyst. After 22 years with the Maintenance Department, Randall decided to take a change of pace and further his education by starting the CISCO Networking Academy at SFSC. “Technology is ever changing, and I got tired of digging and crawling out of man holes.”
“Ronnie has been at the college longer than the dirt,” said Cliff Hangley, director of network systems. “He has seen a lot of people come and go over the last 35 years. He’s a good worker who is innovative, respectable, bright, an asset to this department, and to the entire college. He will truly be missed.”
“We’re much more than working companions, we’ve became good friends,” said Mary Wolfe, lead end-user support analyst. “Ronnie has a wealth of knowledge, and he’s meticulous. He’s like a little encyclopedia, he has details in his head that you wouldn’t believe. He knows everything about the college, from the wiring below the ground to the top of the buildings.”
“I’ve enjoyed working with all the different people through the years,” Randall said. “I’m actually still friends with a lot of the retirees.”
During his retirement, Randall will remain in Highlands County and plans to spend time woodworking, boating, swimming, and working in the yard. He looks forward to taking a Caribbean cruise, starting his bucket list, and enjoying one day at a time.
“After 35 years of driving to the same place, I’m ready for a change,” Randall said. “Although it’s a weird feeling not having to get up and be at work at a certain time, I look forward to doing what I want, when I want.”