Norm Krueger, Jim Pohl retire

 

Krueger retirement

Retiring Vice President for Business C. Norman Krueger (right) greeted by longtime secretary Virginia Johnston.

After 22 years at Hampden-Sydney College, C. Norman Krueger, affectionately known as “Norm,” has retired as vice president for business affairs and treasurer. He has been vigilant in his desire to keep the College on sound fiscal footing while meeting the growing needs of the students and faculty.

During his tenure, the College has successfully taken on many ambitious capital improvements, including the construction of the Carpenter Dorms, Settle Hall, Bortz Library, and Everett Stadium and the renovation of many historic buildings, such as Morton Hall, Bagby Hall, Cushing Hall, and Atkinson Museum. Also, Krueger was instrumental in purchasing the College’s fraternity houses and their subsequent expansion and renovations.

Former Chairman of the Board William C. Boinest ’54 says, “Norman Krueger was one of the hardest workers the College has had. From a business perspective he knew more about the workings of the institution than anyone. Often criticized, Norm would stick to his guns and was more often proven right in decisions made in moving the College forward. He was a visionary when it came to money matters and to the best of my memory balanced the budget each year during his tenure with surpluses that were used to pay back the quasi-endowment funds the College used during the year or that were made available to the operating funds by actions of the Board of Trustees. Tight-fisted, he always put Hampden-Sydney first when tough decisions had to be made. The College was indeed fortunate to have the long, tireless services of C. Norman Krueger. He will be missed by the entire Hampden-Sydney community.”

W. Glenn Culley, Jr., the controller and assistant treasurer under Krueger, has been promoted to vice president for business affairs.

For longer than most people can remember, Jim Pohl has been in charge of Aramark’s food services at Hampden-Sydney. That changed early this year, as the dining hall stalwart stepped down.

It was the beginning of the first Reagan administration when Pohl began working at Hampden-Sydney. The Commons was still in Winston Hall, where it had been since 1965, but would move less than a decade later to Settle Hall. Pohl oversaw the move to the new building as well as many incarnations of the Tiger Inn.

Though students seem to continually complain about the food served at the Commons (such is the nature of students), Pohl’s affable personality and professionalism allowed him to take the assaults in stride and see that that next meal was always ready when the students arrived hungry.

Pohl retirement

Veteran Aramark food service director Jim Pohl (center) hugged by colleagues.