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Peter Anning

Longtime Mission College Administrator Retires

After more than 33 years at Mission College, longtime administrator Peter Anning retired on Thursday, October 31 to pursue a new career challenge.

Anning, the college’s director of marketing, public relations and graphic design services, joined City College of San Francisco to handle that college’s marketing and public relations. Anning said the move provides a great career opportunity for him, but that he plans to do what he can to stay in the hearts and minds of people at Mission College.

“I want people to understand that I’ve worked in Mission College and the district for more than half of my life,” Anning said. “I may be leaving the physical space, but a big part of my heart remains here.”

Anning began working at MC in 1980 as an instructional aide in the library and over the years has worked in the science department, instructional development services and community education. He was named to his last position with the college in 2000 and, in that role, oversaw all external marketing materials, advertising, branding, public and community relations, and special events.

With Anning overseeing marketing, public relations and graphic design, Mission College won 22 state awards for marketing and graphic design. In 2010, the statewide Community College Public Relations Organization named Anning the recipient of its “All Pro” award for lifetime career achievement.

While Anning counts those awards among his biggest achievements while at MC, he also points to other accomplishments that he’s proud of during his time at the college. That includes helping direct new color choices, rebranding the college’s logo and establishing a good rapport with colleagues at West Valley College when he served one day a week as the college district’s public information officer.

Anning is also proud of his reputation as “Mr. Halloween” around campus. His costumes were all over the map – everything from Edward Scissorhands to Katharine Hepburn to a punk to a bulletin board – yet each year he did more than simply dress up as that character. He also had a shtick for each costume.

That approach also served Anning well in his unofficial roles, including serving as master of ceremonies for events both on and off campus and in being known throughout the city as representing Mission College. He also was involved with various committees and student groups on campus and worked extensively in the community and with the Chamber of Commerce.

“Mission College won’t be the same without Peter,” said Daniel Peck, MC interim president. “Through his role as public information officer, Peter has been the literal face of the college out in the community, helping to make connections and build opportunities for our students. In addition, Peter has also been the heart and soul of the college, adding a touch of humor and lightness that the college is going to dearly miss. Voicemails will never be the same as Peter rarely sent an all college voicemail from himself, instead creating—and voicing!—messages from Dracula to Santa Claus.  We wish Peter all the greatest success.”

Anning began at City College of San Francisco in November, but returned for a rousing “retirement” celebration on November 23, 2013.