DOBSON — Dr. Ann Vaughn was sworn in as the new Surry Community College chairwoman at the board of trustees regular meeting Monday night. Former chairwoman Deidre Rogers and Bob Comer were reappointed as trustees and Student Government President Marshal Eddleman was sworn in as student trustee on the board in the same meeting on the college’s Dobson campus.
Eddleman told the board new-student orientation was under way with a major focus on not only providing direct information but guiding small groups of new students in “breakout” sessions to get the ready to begin the school year. He explained a “Week of Welcome” was also being planned with special activities and an information booth on campus at the clock tower. He said 15-minute “success sessions” would also be held to help students stay caught up as they begin.
“I am proud of the SGA and our student services group and what they do,” said President Dr. David Shockley. “We are looking at the way we do everything here and making changes. We know where we want to be. We just aren’t quite there yet.”
He told the board is some ways registration has changed and is more rigid. Noting statistics indicating the last students registered for a class are generally the first out, he said the school was moving away from last-minute registration decisions. He said the new web site was designed for those interested in the college with a student portal to serve them once they are enrolled. Shockley predicted enrollment in the fall would show an increase and said the school has 3,400 students with the student body evenly divided at 50 percent being part time and the same amount full time.
In other action the board recognized new accounting instructor Tara Carrington and accepted the resignations of math instructor Kevin Hathcock and nursing instructors Wendy McCall and Christi Snow. The retirements of science instructors Debra Bretz and Karl Bretz and Small Business Center Coordinator Susan Coble were also announced.
The next trustee meeting is scheduled for Sept. 8 with the next meeting slated for Oct. 13 at The Pilot Center.
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