They are the people who clean up and make sure all the buildings on the campus of Del Mar College are in tip top shape. These building superintendents work hard and don’t often get the recognition they deserve, especially after Hurricane Harvey rolled through the Coastal Bend.
In the mid 90's, Charlie Miller moved to Corpus Christi from Scotland after serving 20 years in the U.S. Navy, repairing submarines. He was looking for a job where he could help people.
“I wanted to try and find something under that caliber where it’s a camaraderie, and this is the closest I’ll ever get to being in the military,” said Del Mar Superintendent of Buildings and Grounds Charlie Miller.
Twenty-three years later the Del Mar Superintendent of Buildings and Grounds is still helping people. On August 27th, two days after Hurricane Harvey hit the Coastal Bend as a Category 4, Miller was assessing damage and cleaning up debris on all the Del Mar College campuses. Oh by the way, he was supposed to retire on the 31st.
“It is a win-win for me, and it is a rewarding job. And that is what you try to find your whole life,” said Miller.
Miller could have stayed home and kicked back while counting down the days to his retirement, but that is not who he is.
“Del Mar has fed my family, given me a job for the last 23 years, and it is not all about you, all the time. It could never be about you, never. This world is bigger than just about us,” said Miller.
Miller said he doesn't plan to stop working until all the cleanup and repairs are complete on all the Del Mar College campuses. He even skipped his own retirement reception.
When he does retire, Miller plans to enjoy spending time with his 2 month-old great-grandson. He also plans to travel more frequently to Scotland with his wife of 40 years, Cathy, whom he met there while in the Navy.
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