College, Mayor recognize former President

McLendon, Pickens, Hill

While visits by former St. Johns River State College President Robert L. McLendon Jr. are a regular treat for administration, faculty and staff, Wednesday’s visit included a special guest with a surprise presentation.

During what College employees and McLendon fondly refer to as “conversations” - sharing stories about the past – the room filled with anticipation upon the arrival of Mayor Terrill Hill. Hill joined the gathering as a special guest, presenting McLendon with a key to the city and declaring November 8, 2017 as “Dr. Robert L. McLendon Jr. Day.”

Hill said it was a perfect opportunity to really say thank you. “Thank you to someone who has, in a lot of ways, been a trailblazer to attract the best and brightest people into our community and create a strong succession plan that allows St. Johns and Palatka to be recognized on a national level,” Hill said. “His continued presence epitomizes his dedication to this College as a whole.”

McLendon said the declaration was a total surprise and was deeply appreciated. “This is very special to me, and I will always cherish this recognition and honor. The Mayor is a great supporter of this College, and I am proud to have him as a friend,” McLendon said.

“All of us have a deep recognition of, and appreciation for, what Dr. McLendon has meant to the College and the community during his storied career,” said SJR State President Joe Pickens. “It is a joy to have him return for his ‘conversations’ with veteran College employees and newcomers alike.”

McLendon retired from SJR State in 2008 after serving 36 years as its president. He was the most senior president in the Florida College System at the time.


McLendon group photo

Mayor Terrill Hill presents former SJR State president Robert L. McLendon Jr. with a key to the city. From Left, SJR State President Joe Pickens, McLendon and Hill.



Susan Kessler
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