JALC Formally Dedicates the Darren L. Pulley Atrium
February 10, 2016
STEVE O'KEEFE, Ed.D
Family, friends and colleagues of the late Darren Pulley gathered Tuesday evening to pay tribute to the long-time JALC employee.
College officials at the Carterville campus held a ceremony to formally dedicate the Darren L. Pulley Atrium in the Workforce Development and Construction Management Building.
At the time of his death, Pulley was serving as the Dean for Workforce Education. He had worked at the College for over 24 years, primarily in the College’s Center for Business and Industry. In addition to serving as the Dean of Workforce Education, Pulley had also been the Associate Dean for Corporate Education; Director of the Center for Business and Industry; Coordinator of the Workforce Preparation Center; and the Coordinator of Continuing Education. He had served the College’s Center for Business and Industry in a number of roles prior to becoming Dean in 2014.
Pulley was also active in the community serving on several civic and economic development boards; the Marion Chamber of Commerce; and the Williamson County Regional Airport Board.
Board of Trustees Vice-Chair Bill Kilquist spoke of Pulley’s dedication to the College and reflected on how the Center for Business and Industry has grown from a staff of two employees, one of whom was Pulley to a state and national leader in workforce development training that will soon reach an impressive milestone of having trained over 300,000 individuals.
Pulley’s brother, Eric, paid an emotional tribute to his brother that drew both tears and laughter from the large crowd. He thanked the College for the honor and reminded everyone just how much his brother loved John A. Logan College.
“Words can’t express just how much our family appreciates this honor and the outpouring of support that we have received over the past few months. Darren loved this College and he would be so proud of this honor, but as he did with everything, he would have given credit to all those he worked with.”
Williamson County Regional Airport Director Doug Kimmel remarked that prior to the event he looked up the definition of an atrium.
“An atrium is a large window that allows light to shine into an area. That is how I will forever remember Darren Pulley, as an individual that was a shining light to all of us.”
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