New College Faculty, Staff Receive Welcome at Board Meeting
Oct. 3, 2019 – During Richmond Community College’s bi-monthly Board of Trustees’ meeting on Oct. 1, there was standing room only as Dr. Dale McInnis, president of the College, introduced new faculty and staff members to the Board.
Seven of the 11 positions were newly created to maintain the College’s high level of student and faculty engagement while expanding course offerings for math, science, history, business, cyber security, welding and certified nursing, as well as the Electric Utility Substation & Relay Technology (EUSRT) program. New faculty hired by RichmondCC are:
- Sebrina Cooper - math instructor - bachelor’s degree in Mathematics and Japanese and master’s in Mathematics from Utah State University
- Dr. Mary Anne Evans chemistry instructor - doctorate in Chemistry from the University of Birmingham, UK, and bachelor’s in Chemistry from the University of London
- Dr. Lori Frear - biology instructor - doctorate and master’s in Zoology/Physiology Science Education from N.C. State University and bachelor’s in Zoology from New York State University Oswego
- Dr. Alexander Yarbrough - history instructor - doctorate in History from New York State University of Buffalo and Sorbonne University and master’s in History from Sorbonne University
- Dr. Kevin Misenheimer - business administration - doctorate in Business Administration/Computer and Information Security from Northcentral University and master’s in Accounting from the University of North Carolina-Charlotte, Business Administration from Western Carolina University, and Organizational Management from Pfeiffer University
- Brian Goodman - cyber security instructor - associate degree in Computer Engineering from Sandhill’s Community College - former Associate Director with AT&T for 19 years
- Jason Felts - welding instructor - associate degree in Industrial Maintenance and welding certificate from RichmondCC - former maintenance technician with Big Rock Sports and certified welder and fabricator for Ferro Fab
- Tammy Blanton - certified nursing instructor - bachelor’s in Nursing from Winston-Salem State University and associate’s in Nursing from RichmondCC
- Rolland Coulon - EUSRT instructor - master’s in Public Health Nutrition from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, bachelor’s in Biology and Chemistry from the University of North Carolina-Pembroke, and associate in EUSRT from RichmondCC
Additionally, a new Career Planner was hired and will be housed at Richmond Senior High School. Rhonda Singleton has a bachelor’s degree in Sociology from UNCP and was a Career Advisor for the N.C. Department of Commerce. She will assist every student at Richmond Senior High School in creating a career plan prior to the start of the second semester of his or her senior year.
A new counselor joined RichmondCC’s Student Services on the Hamlet campus. Melanie Baker has a master’s in Psychology from the University of Phoenix, bachelor’s in Psychology from UNCP, and an associate in Human Services from Sandhills Community College.
“We are excited to have these new faculty and staff members as part of our RichmondCC family and the knowledge and experience they will bring to the College,” McInnis said.
The Board of Trustees reviewed the status of the ongoing construction of the new cafeteria and expanded Student Services space at the Hamlet campus and the Kenneth and Claudia Robinette Building in downtown Rockingham. Additionally, the Board approved the request to submit the donation of the Covington Street Building as an expansion of the College’s Scotland County campus in Laurinburg. The college will host an open house on Nov. 6 from 4 to 7 p.m. to celebrate the Scotland County campus and the new classes starting in January.
McInnis also extended an invitation for board members to attend Convocation on Oct. 23 at 10 a.m. at the Cole Auditorium on the Hamlet campus.