Accomplished senior level Higher Education professional with a record of success at each level of responsibility in college settings from faculty member, to department chair, to Dean, to Chief Academic Officer and President.
New Program Development, Support and Implementation
Implemented or provided the support to help faculty implement new programs at several colleges. Some of the programs are: P.E.T. Program at Pitt CC; Substance Abuse Program at Wayne CC; Cosmetology Program, Substance Abuse Program, Building Construction Program at Mitchell CC; Plumbing Program, Building Construction Program, Organic Farming Program and Several Welding Certificates at Roanoke-Chowan CC.
Committees and Important Work with the NCCCS Office
-Appointed to serve as the chair for the Innovative Teaching Committee as a result of the Listening Tour conducted by President Ralls;
-Served as a member of the NCCCS Curriculum Review Committee (CRC) for 5 years which had the responsibility of approving all new programs and changes to the Common Course Library;
-The Inaugural Chairperson of the NCCCS Global Education Taskforce;
-Fiscal Agent and Author of a study on Modularized Curriculum commissioned by the NC State Legislature under former NCCCS President Martin Lancaster. Much of this work became the intellectual basis for initiatives like Curriculum Redesign and Back to Work;
-Co-Chaired Ad Hoc Committee on Tiered Funding Issues for the Presidents' Association;
-Named Chair of the Program Committee of the Presidents' Association,
-Served on the Executive Board of the Instructional Administrators Association
-Member of the General Occupational Technology (OCT) Revision Committee
-Creation of an Early College High School at R-CCC
-Successful Reaffirmation of R-CCC with SACS
-Implementation of Assessment Plan
-First Cohort of Dallas Herring Fellows
-New Schools Leadership Summit Planning Committee Member
-Inaugural Adviser for the Minority Male Mentoring Program
-Kellogg Fellow at NC State University (1993-1995)
-Hayes-Fulbright Fellow (1988) to Study at Hebrew University in Jerusalem and American University in Cairo, Egypt
-Allocation Panel Chair for United Way, Goldsboro
-Member, Greater Statesville Rotary Club
-Board Member of the Greater Statesville Downtown Economic Development Commission
-Excellence in Teaching Award, Western Piedmont Com College
-On-site SACS Reviewer for Gordon College (Georgia)
As the President of R-CCC, I was responsible to the Board of Trustees and the State of NC for the management, operation and integrity of the College in its efforts to deliver educational programming to the citizens within our service area. Under my tenure the school produced clean financial audits and program audits. Enrollments increased. Continuing Education proportionately became one of the top FTE producers in the NCCCS for two years. We made significant inroads with business and industry, a successful Early College High School was created, a JobLink Center was brought to campus, job placement rates for vocational/technical graduates were 87% and student retention grew from 42% to 78% for African American Males.
Serving as the VP for Academics, I was part of the President's Leadership Team. I was responsible for overseeing all instructional programs, both Curriculum and Continuing Education/Workforce Development. During my tenure, I conceived and implemented the College's first Week-End College Program which has become a mainstay of the course and programmatic offering thereby providing greater opportunities to students to do course work when they can. I convened the first few meetings on Assessment Strategies for the College. I provided support for the addition of a new program in Nuclear Medicine called P.E.T. I laid the foundation for the creation of the Fine Arts Program and made stronger connections between the College and the NCCCS Office. Was responsible for increasing growth in the Continuing Education/Workforce Division by 20% through new strategies and initiatives. Exponentially increased offerings in Occupational Extension and service to Business and Industry.
I served as the Chief Academic Officer (CAO) and oversaw about 80% of the College's operation. My areas of oversight included: Curriculum program and courses; ContinuingEducation/Workforce Development; Learning Resources/Library; Institutional Effectiveness/Strategic Planning; Student Development Services and Secondary Alliances. During my tenure at MCC, I oversaw the creation of an on-site state of the arts cosmetology center with approximately 10,000 square feet of space. The program went from 20 students a year through a contract arrangements to 140 students a year as an in-house program. I brought several successful programs to the College, the most vibrant being: Web Technologies/Computer Animation and Substance Abuse.. I moved all 12 month faculty to 10 month contracts without pay cuts, which ultimately led to a significant cost savings for the College. I increased the number of students involved in Dual Enrollment from 65 to well over 200 within a two year period and hired a Director of Secondary Alliances. During my tenure, I instituted academic policies and procedures that did not exist such as: Curriculum Review Committee. Under my leadership, the College drafted policies on Academic Forgiveness, Course Credit Limitations and Credit by Exam to name a few. I was able to diversify and strengthen the faculty. I also laid the foundation for MCC's eventual positive SACS reaffirmation by establishing a systematic review of faculty credentials and other accreditation issues like substantive change. The College experienced exponential growth and developed several satellite sites during this time. Opened the South Statesville Center as a Continuing Ed/Workforce Development site in a depressed area of the city of Statesville. This center connected Basic Skills and some OE programs to an area of the city where people otherwise would not have felt comfortable coming to the main historic campus. Ultimately my work in Curriculum and Con Ed. led to an eventual level change for Mitchell Community College as its enrollment increased.
I was initially recruited to come to Wayne CC to oversee a division which housed courses and programs for Human Services and the social and behavioral sciences portion of General Education. Within 5 months of my arrival, the division director for Agriculture and Natural Resources retired. The President said that he was impressed with my leadership skills to that point and asked me if I would take over that division. I was extremely successful in managing over 20 faculty with a budget around ten million. During my time at Wayne, I created new programs, hired new faculty and staff, managed adjunct and oversaw a large satellite operation at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base. I had direct oversight for programs that were college transfer in nature as well as workforce development in nature. One of my most prized accomplishments was the addition of a Criminal Justice Certificate at a local correctional facility which started classes on the third shift for workers seeking to get their education. I also had a successful week end program that offered course work at 11 PM on Friday nights. These innovative strategies meant that individuals who otherwise would not get the coursework they needed would be left out.
I was hired at WPCC to teach Psychology and History courses. While there, I was awarded teacher of the year. I was heavily involved with student advising and activities. I was named a "Super Adviser" by the administration and Student Services. I was very active in connecting with students in extracurricular activities. I led students on several study travel trips around the world to place such as: Russia, Ukrane, Thailand, Hong Kong, Yucatan Peninsula, Spain and Morocco to name a few. I was an adviser to the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society, the Social Sciences Club and created the Minority Students Association. I chaired the Faculty Senate and served on over 100 search committees during my tenure there.After receiving my doctorate 1995, I was appointed to take over the leadership for the Social Sciences area, which meant I had to hire, fire and evaluate adjunct faculty. I was also responsible for course scheduling .
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