When Lyndon Anderson saw a brochure in 1977 for Haywood Community College, he was attending another community college in Florida. The next day, he married his sweetheart and traveled to Clyde, North Carolina to follow his dream of working with natural resources.

The college helped arrange for him a job working for Pink Francis at the apple orchard. Now, he still keeps in touch with the college and Pink’s wife Ellene. “Every time I get a chance to come through the area, I visit the college and Mrs. Francis. I still use what I learned there on my Christmas tree farm.”

Anderson now lives in Union, Ohio and operates a 39 acre choose and cut tree farm. He still has his textbooks from HCC and still uses his knowledge of silvaculture practices, soils, and pesticides.

But after graduating from the college’s Forest Management Technology program in 1979, he spent several years in Maryland and South Carolina as a procurement forester. He then joined the Air Force were he retired as a colonel with 27 years of service. He is the father of three children and grandfather to two.

Anderson was recently on campus appreciating the natural beauty. “This campus is not that far from where I live,” he says. “I tell everyone I know about HCC.”