Associate professor of the English Department Anthony Gargano retiring after 31 years on the job.
Associate professor of the English Department Anthony Gargano retiring after 31 years on the job.

By Kelli Reynolds/Staff writer/@kellidelrae

Anthony Gargano, associate professor of the English Department, will be retiring after 31 years at LBCC.

He said his time at the school “has been rewarding, enlightening, and challenging.  My main goal in teaching has always been to make myself obsolete: when fledgling students become independent and use the skills learned in the classroom, they gain confidence, strength and success: they are on their way to empowerment.”

He said upon retiring, he plans to take cooking and Italian classes, relax and take a few trips. He also plans to volunteer in the cardiac ward at the Long Beach Memorial Medical Center.

“Looking back on my career, I do not think I could have chosen one that better fit me, helping people become successful in life.  I am truly grateful for all the wonderful colleagues and friends I have met across the campus,” he said.