What are the elements of success? asked Big Sandy Community and Technical College
(BSCTC) President Dr. Devin Stephenson during the colleges fall convocation on Wednesday,
August 3 at the Mountain Arts Center.
Its you, he told employees. Its the passion you have for your field of study and your
craft. Its the passion you have to make a difference in the lives of your students.
This years convocation theme was Elements of Success. National Sportscaster and WKYT
Senior Account Executive Dave Buzz Baker and Craig Chanoff, general manager for Blackboard
Student Services, served as keynote speakers.
The event featured performances by the Big Sandy Singers and Band, videos highlighting
student success and celebrations such as faculty promotions.
Dr. Kathryn Miller, Dr. David Profitt, Tina Ousley and Rebecca Mullins were promoted
to professor effective August 1. Collista Allen, Cindy Dickerson, Irma Kay Harless,
Dianna Lawson, Charlotte Ramey, Joshua Thacker and C.W. Vanhoose were named associate
professors. Stephania Conn, Jessica Gambill, Heath Keathley and Garrison Turner were
recognized as assistant professors.
The following new employees were announced: Chesi Spriggs, assistant fine arts director;
Anna Sanders, work and learn case manager; Danny Tonkin, director of business and
industry; Connie Estep, director of grants development; Christopher Hicks, information
technology specialist; Exon Menjivar, success coach; and Dwayne Kinner, adjunct faculty
for collision repair program.
Dr. Stephenson spoke to employees about his priorities for 2016-17.
We will continue to aggressively pursue grants to bring millions of dollars to the
college for the purpose of serving our region and expanding capacity, he said. I will
continue to change the internal culture at the college, including raising personnel
expectations as to what is necessary to create an exemplary community and technical
college, and leading the development of a college culture that is flexible, adaptable
and willing to change.
BSCTCs fall classes start August 15.