Gail Vaughan, director of the Arkansas Tech Bookstore, smiled as she laid out pictures of her grandchildren. Her fourth grandchild was recently born in Austin, Texas, and Vaughan said they are one of the reasons she is retiring.
March 31 will be her last day at Tech. Vaughan has worked in retail for about 32 years.
“It’s time for a change. I love my job here, though,” Vaughan said, looking around her office.
Her plans include staying in Russellville with her husband, John, of 33 years. In her free time, she said she plans to volunteer more in the community by spending time at the animal shelter or hospital.
She would also like to garden more at home and travel to see family. Vaughan has two daughters, one in Clarksville and the other in Austin.
Vaughan moved to Russellville from Malvern in 1982. She said she had never considered college, but since she was living so close to Tech, she enrolled.
After graduating, she began working full time in the business manager’s office. She was later promoted and began to work in the bookstore.
At the time the entire store was where the books are located now. Vaughan said it was small but fun.
In 2001, 10 years after she began working in the store, it was expanded more than triple its size.
Clothing and gift buyer Marty Horn has worked alongside Vaughan for 2 1/2 years.
“We rely on her wisdom. She will be sorely missed,” Horn said.