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Administrative Changes and New Faculty announced

Rocky Mount, N.C.—

North Carolina Wesleyan College has announced new assignments for one existing faculty member, one administrator, and the hiring of two new faculty members.

As part of the ongoing effort to strengthen and expand the academic area of the college, President James A. Gray has adjusted the responsibilities for two key individuals.  “A robust academic program is vital to the growth and success of the college,” he said.   “With that in mind, we are making these changes to align our academic programs more closely with the goals of our current strategic plan.”

Under the new structure, Assistant Professor of Sociology Dr. Molly A. Weise will assume the title of Associate Provost effective June 1, 2012.  The primary responsibility of this position is to help fortify current academic programs and facilitate the development and implementation of new programs.

“I am excited to help infuse new energy into existing programs and create new programs that meet the needs of our current and prospective students,” said Weise.  “This is an exciting time at the college as we begin to develop unique offerings for traditional and adult learners.”

In addition to administrative duties and a six-hour teaching load each semester, Weise will collaborate with other members of the administration in pursuit of funding to implement the new proposals.  Dr. Weise earned the Bachelor of Science degree at Syracuse University, the Master of Science at the University of North Texas, and completed her doctorate at Texas Women’s University.

Dr. Evan Duff

Another initiative converted and expanded the existing Office of Adult Education to become the Office of Adult & Professional Studies (APS).  This office will now encompass online courses, certificate programs, non-credit training programs, and ASPIRE, which is the accelerated, evening adult student program.  Vice President Dr. Evan Duff will take the title of the new department to reflect his additional responsibilities.

Duff said, “NC Wesleyan is continuously seeking to provide more and different learning opportunities to benefit employees, employers, and our community.” Among many other tasks as vice president of the expanded department, Duff will oversee the development of online courses to serve the growing number of students who need flexibility to complete their college degrees.  Now, NCWC students will have the option of earning a degree by combining face-to-face instruction with some online learning.

Duff earned the Bachelor of Science degree in business administration from Mount Olive College, the Master of Science degree in Administration from Central Michigan University, and the Doctorate of Education degree in Organizational Leadership from Nova Southeastern University.

Dr. Robert J. Stubblefield is Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs for NC Wesleyan College. He said, “Our committees conducted national searches to find the most highly-qualified professionals to fill these vacant positions.  We are pleased to welcome two outstanding individuals to our excellent faculty.”

Dr. Marjon Ames will be working with students and teaching classes in the history department at Wesleyan.  She will leave Delta State University, where she is currently an assistant professor.  Dr. Ames earned the Bachelor and Master of Arts degrees from the University of Missouri-Columbia and a second master’s degree from the University of Sussex in Brighton, England.  She completed her doctorate at the University of Mississippi.

Dr. Andrew Stern will join the college as an assistant professor and program coordinator in Religious Studies.  Dr. Stern earned the Bachelor of Arts degree at Georgetown University and the Master of Theological Studies from Harvard University.  He completed his doctorate at Emory University.  He has full-time teaching experience from Southern Catholic College, as well as experience from part-time assignments at Craven Community College and William Peace University.

Stubblefield said, “We will continue efforts this fall to recruit qualified faculty for other positions, and look forward to announcing those hires in the near future.”