Shackelford ends tenure at college library

Exiting South Arkansas College library director Philip Shackelford, center, shakes hands with SouthArk English instructor Dr. Jim Yates, right, as other well-wishers surround him at the Mahony Family Library at a farewell reception on Wednesday afternoon. Following a seven-year stint at SouthArk, Shackelford has accepted a library director role at a public library system in Mississippi, his home state. (Courtesy of Heath Waldrop/Special to the News-Times)

South Arkansas College and Mahony Family Library staff gathered Wednesday to bid adieu to Director Philip Shackelford, who has accepted a new position in his home state of Mississippi.