Additional forums are Nov. 19 & 21.
By M.J. Callahan
Three finalists have been chosen in the search for a new vice president of academic success. One candidate will take office in the spring 2014 semester.
Lisa Summins, former vice president of academic affairs at Helms College in Augusta, Georgia, will address an open forum at 1:15 p.m. Nov. 17 in Room 201 of chemistry and geology.
Jothany Blackwood, liaison for strategic and integrated planning at State Center Community College District, Fresno, California, will be in an open forum at 1:15 p.m. Nov. 19 in Room 120 of the visual arts center.
Barbra Buchanan, vice president of instruction at Paris Junior College, will appear in an open forum at 1:15 p.m. Nov. 21 in Room 120 of the visual arts center.
By attending the forums, students, faculty, staff and the community can not only have their own questions answered but fill out a survey to express their thoughts about the candidates for the over arching committee.
Summins has earned several degrees: a bachelor’s in liberal arts, Spanish language and literature and psychology from Muhlenberg College in Allentown, Pennsylvania; a master’s in teacher of English to speakers of other languages and foreign language from Fairleigh Dickinson University; and a doctorate in higher education leadership from Nova Southeastern University.
Summins worked as a foreign language, English as a second language teacher, and as a coordinator until 1988 when she moved to administration.
Summins said in her letter of intent, “As a believer in shared governance and collaborative management, my aim is to involve all levels of college staff and faculty to build trust and, ultimately, promote student success.”
Blackwood focused on community colleges, completing her dissertation on the influence of mentoring on female leaders and administrators in California community colleges, which allowed her to earn a doctorate from California State University.
Majoring in English, Blackwood received her bachelor’s and master’s from Tennessee State University.
“I believe that quality academic leadership will foster a greater degree of teamwork and continue a positive image of leadership by providing the highest quality of educational programs and service that are responsive to the learning needs of the community,” Blackwood said in her letter of intent.
Summins, Blackwood, and Buchanan have made it through two search committees, the vice president for academic success committee, which narrowed the 136 applicants to 15 and the over-arching search committee, which whittled the 15 candidates to three.
Buchanan earned her bachelor’s and master’s in history from Stephen F. Austin University and her doctorate in education in human resource development from Texas A&M.
Buchanan said her purpose is to, “lead within community colleges and mission is to encourage economic development within the community while providing students with life changing opportunities.