Southeast Community College Associate Director capping 45 year career with college

BEATRICE - A Southeast Community College administrator is retiring after more than four decades of service.

Donna Havener spent 45 years working at SCC's Milford Campus and was only 18 when she started working there.

Says Havener, “I grew up with my job.  All 45 years I worked in Student Services. There were so many good memories and fun times.”

Havener started out as a secretary in admissions and will end her career as Associate Director of Registration and Records. She says she enjoyed working with the students and faculty, calling every day different, which made the job unique.

Havener says a lot of students have become lifelong friends....some of them referring to her as "mom".

Havener has recently witnessed many changes in Milford including new residence halls and the Crete Carrier Diesel Technology & Welding Center, with more projects on the way.

Havener's last year at SCC was one of the most memorable, with many people working from home because of COVID-19.

She encourages students coming out of high school to attend college, even if they’re not sure what they want to do.

She plans to spend her retirement years traveling, volunteering, doing community projects, and spending time with her family.