Herron, NWFSC arts department head, retiring in August

herron retires nwfsc arts

Dr. Cliff Herron will retire in August after 25 years of teaching and as dean of the Northwest Florida State College's Humanities, Fine and Performing Arts Division.

Published: Thursday, May 2, 2013 at 05:27 PM.

CRESTVIEW — If it hadn't been for Cliff Herron, dean of the Northwest Florida State College Humanities, Fine and Performing Arts Division, Crestview High School alumnus Montavius Diamond would never have helped catch his supper from a small boat bobbing in the Atlantic Ocean.

Nor would he have been treated like a touring rock star.

However, for Diamond and hundreds of other Northwest Florida State College show choir students over the past 25 years, such experiences are part of the vocal music program Herron oversees.

Herron, sometimes known simply as "Doc" among his students, will retire in August, but not before leading 31 more students and six adults — his ninth group — to Crestview's sister city, Noirmoutier, France, for a performance tour.

Twanging emotions

This year, the trip begins with a visit to Normandy and a performance at the American Cemetery at Colleville-sur-Mer.

"I think this generation needs to know what that generation did," Herron said. "To stand there in the American Cemetery and see all those crosses and stars of David is very emotional and humbling. The soldiers that died there were 18 or 19, the same age as the kids we're taking over there."

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