Larry Marsh, vice president for education in Upper Columbia Conference (UCC) has announced that he will retire at the end of February, 2019.
Larry Marsh, vice president for education in Upper Columbia Conference (UCC) has made an announcement that he will retire at the end of February, 2019.
“Larry Marsh has reached nearly 48 years of excellent service in the education field, a true milestone,” says Minner Labrador, UCC president. “Larry is an absolute blessing to work alongside. I am glad he promises to stay nearby to coach and mentor others currently serving in education.”
Christian education was a priority in Larry’s family. In academy he held multiple jobs to pay his school bill and assist his sisters with their tuition. One day Larry challenged a teacher’s decision. The teacher responded, “If you think you can do a better job, then you try being a teacher!” Here the career seed was planted.*
Larry began his career in education in the Northern California Conference (NCC) where he taught 7- and 8-grade as well as physical education, Bible and history at Pleasant Hill Junior Academy from 1971-1973. The NCC educational superintendent then asked him to place his name in a large pool of candidates for assistant boy’s dean at Rio Lindo Academy. In spite of the fact Larry had never lived in an academy dorm, he was selected. He served as dean of 200 young men and taught from 1973 to1977. A favorite text hung over his office desk which became a focus throughout Larry’s life, “I have no greater joy than to hear my children walk in truth” 3 John 4.
From Northern California, his soon to be family of four headed east to Indiana Academy. Here he served as head dean, taught various classes and became vice principal. During the summers the family moved to the campus of Andrews University where Larry began a graduate degree in counseling. He soon recognized his administrative interest and switched to educational administration, a clear leading of God in his life.
In 1983 Larry accepted the principal position at Sunnydale Academy where the enrollment grew steadily throughout the nine years there. He then became principal of Upper Columbia Academy from 1992 to 2000. During these eight years backed by a strong board with clear vision, a great staff, and God’s blessing the enrollment nearly doubled reaching 340.
In 2000 Larry’s career direction changed as he accepted the position as associate superintendent of schools for Potomac Conference. Within two years he became vice-president for education. Then in 2008 he returned home to Upper Columbia to serve as vice president for education and an executive officer in Upper Columbia Conference until his retirement in the first quarter of 2019.
* A decade later Larry had the opportunity to share a friendly conversation about these words and also teach this man's son.
Larry will remain in Spokane and mentor others in his field during his retirement.