Farewell to Jack Piepenbring

Our campus will soon bid farewell to Jack Piepenbring, Director of Safety and Security, here at MC. After 14 years of service to our beloved institution, Piepenbring is retiring to spend more time with his family.

Piepenbring first came to be the director of Maryville College’s Safety and Security office after retiring from his prior career of 17 years with the National Parks Services as the District Park Ranger of Cades Cove.

Piepenbring’s plans for retirement would make any person feel a slight tinge of jealousy. First, he plans to spend a lot of time with his wife Barbara, and their two grandsons. Apart from that, he plans to travel out west, ride his BMW dual sport motorcycle and continue riding his bicycle.

“The past 14 years have had a pretty even keel,” Piepenbring said. He attributed this to having a great staff.
“This staff has been the easiest I’ve ever has the pleasure of supervising,” said Piepenbring regarding the security team at MC. “They all have respect for the job and each other, which has made my life easy.”

Piepenbring also mentioned that it wasn’t just his direct staff that made his time here pleasant.

“The atmosphere around the college is amazing and congenial,” he said. “My interactions over the years with every department from the groundskeepers to the president’s office have been truly outstanding.”

As Piepenbring described stories of his lifetime of adventure and love for the outdoors, it became very clear that a man with his wisdom and values will be truly missed on campus.

Piepenbring’s part from the job comes with no love lost.

“For me, time with my family and pursuing my passions is invaluable, and we only get so much of it,” he said.

Next week, the college will start the interview process to for Piepenbring’s position , and he is confident that the school will find a great fit for the job.

We wish you the best in your future endeavors Mr. Piepenbring, and a fond farewell.

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