by STACEY HEANEY
At the Retirement Lunch for
Alister McReynolds at the Lisburn Campus of
South Easter former Principal, Eileen McReynolds
and Eleanor Ross Vice-Principal.
THE PRINCIPAL of Lisburn Institute Alister
McReynolds has retired after almost 30 years at the college.
To mark his retirement, a staff farewell was
organised last week. Vice Principal of the new South Eastern
Regional College, Eleanor Ross led the tributes to Mr
"I have only worked with Alister for around
four years now and am very sad to see him retire from his
position of Principal," she said. "Alister is something of a
perfectionist who likes to put his heart and soul into
everything he does.
"Alister took up a full time lecturing post
in what was Lisburn College in 1978 after teaching in Larkfield
School. Then in the mid 1980s he became a Senior Lecturer before
being appointed as Head of Department for General Studies.
"Alister was elevated to the lofty heights of
Principalship at Lisburn College (later to become Lisburn
Institute) in 1994, a position in which he served for 13 years."
Staff member Lunette Burton made a
presentation on behalf of the staff and also paid tribute to Mr
"I have known Alister throughout his time at the
College and we have worked together in many guises – I would
like to wish him all the very best for the future" she
Reponding, Mr McReyolds said: "I have so many
fond memories of my years at the College and have made many good
friends. I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of
those whom I have worked with this past 29 years and wish you
every success in the future."
A well-known figure in the Lisburn area, Mr
McReynolds does not intend to take it easy. He will be launching
a new book before Christmas and is editing another book. He had
also become an Honorary Fellow of the University of Ulster which
will involve a great deal of time being spent at various
Universities in the United States giving lectures on his
specialism Scots Irish Diaspora and also presenting television
programmes, again in the States.
He has published numerous articles on the
Scots Irish and broadcast on the BBC on this topic and on other
historical subjects. He is a regular contributor to the monthly
periodical 'The Ulster Scotsman' and a recent work was entitled
'Northern Ireland – The American Connection' which has just been
published in the United States on behalf of the Northern Ireland
Mr McReynolds is a former Secretary of the
Rotary Club of Lisburn and a former member of Council of Lisburn
Chamber of Commerce.