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
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
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.