Then: When Gene Cosby came to Hastings Public Schools in 2001 to shake things up as district superintendent, he was in retirement, having already served a lengthy career in education in Colorado. Under his leadership, Hastings voters approved an $18 million bond issue for a new middle school, and construction was just beginning when Cosby left his position to return to Colorado in 2006.
Now: Though 82, Cosby still hasn't retired. And with good health on his side, he doesn't plan to stop working anytime soon.
"If your IQ is low enough, you don't know when to quit," he said with a laugh.
These days he works for the University of Northern Colorado as an instructor, counselor and mentor for students working on a master's degree in teaching. He also works with some undergraduate students in their student teaching experiences.
"Advising, coaching, teaching, critiquing, suggesting ... all the things of that nature," he said.