Release Date: 
Monday, November 26, 2018

Celebrate John Carroll's Retirement Dec. 6

Event Date: 
Thu, 12/06/2018 - 4:00pm to 6:00pm
The Kuhlman Dining Room (next to Fifty One O One in Building M)
John Carroll sitting at a table

CAPTION: After 47 years in higher education, nearly 42 of them at HFC, counselor John Carroll is retiring. His final day at HFC is Monday, Dec. 17.

HFC faculty and staff are warmly invited to celebrate the retirement of John Carroll Thursday, Dec. 6, from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. in the Kuhlman Dining Room, next to Fifty-One O One student-run restaurant in the Student and Culinary Arts Center (Building M).

Cake and coffee will be served. Please RSVP to Dr. Brenda Hildreth at 313-845-9757 or

47 years in higher education

Carroll is retiring after spending 47 years in higher education, nearly 42 at HFC. He has worked in a variety of roles since coming to HFC in 1977. During his years at the College, he has held many roles, most notably as a counselor. He also worked as a speech instructor, assistant registrar, athletic director, and coordinator of the HFC First-Year Experience program.

Carroll has taught countless courses within the Counseling Division and was responsible for the development of the Life Work Planning course, as well as the redesign of several courses pertaining to Stress Management, Assertiveness, and College Success. He was also responsible for developing the Stop Test Anxiety program using hypnotherapy techniques. This program helped thousands of students improve their performance levels on tests. His expertise using the personality assessment of MBTI helped faculty and students get a better understanding of the teaching and learning processes.

An alumnus of the University of Detroit Jesuit High School, Carroll earned his undergraduate degree in speech communication and sociology and his graduate degree in speech communication and counseling from Eastern Michigan University in Ypsilanti. He is a certified hypnotherapist and holds a professional counselor license through the State of Michigan.

Retirement Plans

Many have asked Carroll what he plans to do in retirement. The first thing he said he'd do is empty out the 47 years of higher education experience and knowledge in his head, which he believes will give him a totally fresh perspective on life.

He plans to travel with Mary, his wife of 41 years, with whom he has three children. He also plans on spending more time with his grandchildren, all of whom are under the age of 4.

"I am really looking forward to that," he said.

When asked what he'll miss the most about HFC, Carroll said he'll miss his colleagues and students.

"There's a lot of things I'll miss," he said. "I will miss having that freedom of sharing my expertise in a variety of different ways."