DMC professor Mac Aipperspach to retire after nearly 40 years


Soft-spoken, intimidating and effective.

These are words students have used to describe Mac Aipperspach, the radio and television professor at Del Mar College.

Set to retire at the end of the current school year, Aipperspach’s students said he is one of those teachers who impacted their lives and helped paved the way for their future.

FROM NORTH TO SOUTH

Originally from North Dakota, Aipperspach received his bachelor’s degree at John Brown University in Arkansas and graduated with his master’s at the University of North Texas. He has taught for nearly 42 years with 40 of them being at Del Mar College.

Aipperspach said he got into education at first for selfish reasons. His wife is from Australia and the two would visit there frequently causing them to leave their jobs behind. After vacating jobs left and right, the two decided to go into education to feel secure.

Mac Aipperspach retires from teaching after 40 years at Del Mar College, as seen here Thursday, April 23, 2021. Aipperspach taught video production at the college as well as writing courses.

“I started looking for work in a teaching position in the spring semester of 1981,” Aipperspach said. “I came down here in May and was interviewed here.”

He had interviews lined up with other schools including Kansas and Wyoming.

“The person who was the chair at that time told me not to do anything foolish such as taking one of those jobs,” Aipperspach said. “So, I waited. Then July eventually rolled around and I made a call to ask on the situation and they said, ‘Oh, we’re going to hire you.’ I quickly started to make arrangements to move down here and get into teaching.”



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