Herron, NWFSC arts department head, retiring in August

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

"It is so overwhelming," Crestview High alumna Hannah Kania said. "I'm a wuss. I know I'll cry."

Twanging the emotions is part of Herron's work, whether through art shows, concerts and theatrical performances or the touring Broadway shows that perform at the Mattie Kelly Performing Arts Center.

This summer he will produce his last major summer musical, the stirring "Les Misérables," at the center, which was constructed on the Niceville campus during his tenure.

"Oh my goodness, it seems like just yesterday," Herron said. "The college was a little sleepy college that provided a wonderful resource to the community and all of a sudden, boom, it's a major outreach beyond the counties. It's all just rock solid."

Personal interest

Taking a personal interest in his students endears Herron to the kids.

"He would poke his head in our show choir class and observe and see how we were doing," Diamond said. "He would listen in when we did our voice lessons. I learned a lot about how to balance music with other studies and a lot of it had to do with Doc."



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