MTC community mourns loss of assistant director Priscilla Haflich

Priscilla Haflich 
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BRADENTON -- Priscilla Haflich, assistant director at Manatee Technical College, died Friday.

According to a release, Haflich began her 31-year career at the school in 1984 as the financial aid coordinator, a position she held until she was promoted to assistant director in 2001. In her role as assistant director, she served as the site administrator for the East Campus in Lakewood Ranch.

Haflich was planning to retire at the end of May.

"Dr. Haflich had a positive impact on this school, our staff, the local community and the thousands and

thousands of students she interacted with over the years," said Doug Wagner, director of MTC and Adult Career and Technical Education for the School District of Manatee County, in a written statement. "Priscilla will be missed, and her legacy will live on as students past, present and future will continue to benefit from her leadership as they pursue wonderful employment opportunities upon graduation and beyond. Dr. Haflich was a true professional who loved MTC and made a difference every day."

MTC officials said Haflich was instrumental in the creation of many health occupations programs to meet local demands for highly qualified healthcare employees. Some of the programs started under her direction were optometric technician, pharmacy technician, surgical technologist, orthopedic technician, and massage therapy.

According to the release, Haflich started her education career as an English teacher in New York City Public Schools. Before coming to MTC, she held various positions at the University of Delaware and several colleges and universities in Pennsylvania. She earned a master's degree in English from Columbia University and a doctorate in adult and vocational education from Temple University.

Haflich's family will receive friends and colleagues at Toale Brothers Funeral Home, 40 N. Orange Ave., Sarasota, from 6-8 p.m. Friday. A memorial service is planned for 11:30 a.m. Saturday at Church of the Redeemer, 222 S. Palm Ave., Sarasota.