Annetta St. Clair, associate professor of political science, joined the faculty of Jasper County Junior College in 1964 and met the legendary Harry Gockel. She had grown up in Joplin, taught in the public schools, and then returned to graduate school. "It was an honor to be asked to apply to the College and to be hired," Mrs. St. Clair recalled. "Harry quickly let me know that he expected his students to 'toe the line' and that I should also.
"Professor St. Clair has been a part of the transformation of the junior college into a four-year college and then into a state college. Currently, she is the senior faculty member on campus and sometimes teaches the grandchildren of her former students.
Mrs. St. Clair has been honored to receive grants to study in the Philippines, in Germany, and this past summer in Northern Ireland. "Harry Gockel and Professor Julie Hughes taught me early in my career the value of international travel and its benefits to my students," she says. "I have traveled in 15 foreign countries and have traveled extensively in all 50 states of the United States."
She lives with her husband, Edward, who graduated in the first Bachelor of Arts class from Missouri Southern. Their daughter, Lynetta, graduated from the College and is now an assistant district attorney at the appellate level in New York City.