Retired businessman Jack Hadley of Williams is the newest member of the Coconino Community College District Governing Board. He was sworn in to his two-year term by Coconino County Superintendent of Schools Cecilia Owen on Jan. 15 at the CCC Lone Tree Campus.
Hadley has two very clear goals about what he hopes to accomplish as a board member.
"In the next two years I hope we can improve awareness about CCC and increase the use of the Williams Campus," said Hadley.
He says he also hopes his problem-solving skills as a business owner will be useful to the college.
A full-time Williams resident since 1998, Hadley has become very involved as a volunteer in community organizations such as the Williams Kiwanis, Williams-Grand Canyon Chamber of Commerce, Williams Food Bank and Habitat for Humanity. He says he enjoys talking with people and finding out what they really want from the community college.
Retired for 19 years from his retail bicycle business, Hadley says he has the time and commitment to be a presence and represent the college. Hadley was born and raised in Phoenix, attended Phoenix College, spent four years in the U.S. Air Force and earned a bachelor's degree in business and marketing from Arizona State University.
Over the years he has learned to fly, worked as a scenic Jeep tour guide in Carefree and written for Carefree Enterprise Magazine for three years, along with a number of newspapers. In addition, he was in the commercial real estate development business for nearly a decade.
Among his many skills, Hadley builds fine furniture and built his own three-story house. He also can disarm atomic bombs, "but only those made before 1960," he says.
Hadley and his wife, Sue, have been married for 49 years. The 72-year-old says the key to a long and happy life is staying busy.
"I have led a life of following where it takes me," he said. Hadley was elected to a two-year board term in November.