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Front & CenterUpdated 12:00 a.m., Sun October 4, 2015
The first thing people need to know about new Heber Springs School District Superintendent Alan Stauffacher is how to pronounce his name. He pronounces it Stah-fi-sher. It’s mispronounced often, but “I’m used to it,” he said. The 52-year-old southwest-Missouri native describes himself as “a farm boy.” He grew up with four older sisters on a farm in a small community called Dunnegan. His mother, uncle and grandmother were teachers, but Stauffacher didn’t automatically choose the education field. He played sports in high school, including being a guard for the basketball team... READ MORE
When he retires in January, Eugene McKay will have spent 49 1/2 years at Arkansas State University-Beebe. McKay said he wanted to become a teacher to help people, and as chancellor at ASU-Beebe, he finds himself giving back to the farming industry that he was raised in, but he doesn’t want credit for the school’s success.