LCCC appoints two new deans

LCCC’s new dean for the School of Business, Agriculture and Technical Studies, Melvin O. “Hawk” Hawkins, Jr. served as department chair for Business and Public Service at Midlands Technical College in Columbia, S.C., since 2008. He has also worked as an adjunct and full-time management instructor for 20 years at that institution. He has extensive experience as a site evaluator for an accreditation council, a senior human resource manager in South Carolina, an elected member of the Richland One Middle College Board of Directors, and 20 years of service in the U.S. Army.

Hawkins holds a bachelor’s degree in general business from the University of the State of New York, a master’s of public administration from Troy State University, a certificate of graduate study in higher educational leadership from the University of South Carolina, and is currently a doctoral candidate in higher educational leadership at Northcentral University in Arizona. In addition, Hawkins has earned several teaching excellence awards from national, regional, state, local and governmental institutions.

Many programs fall under his watch at LCCC, including all business courses, equine studies, and such technical programs as wind energy and engineering technology.  

The renamed School of Health Sciences and Wellness has a new dean as well. Therese “Terry” Harper comes to LCCC from Ferris State University in Big Rapids, Mich. There, she served as faculty as well as the program coordinator for the Health Care Systems Administration (HCSA). She completed her bachelor in nursing from the University of Michigan, and her master of science in career and technical education from Ferris state, also earning a certificate in advanced studies in total quality management. Currently, she facilitates the National Association of Long Term Care Boards accreditation process and is completing the academic program review for the HCSA program.
In addition to her teaching and administrative experience, she served eight years on the city council of Big Rapids. Prior to teaching at FSU, she had practiced for many years in a variety of capacities as a registered nurse and even earned national recognition as a certified registered rehabilitation nurse.
The School of Health Sciences and Wellness covers programs from nursing and dental hygiene to fire science technology and health information technology and advancement.
These hirings were done following the retirements of Dean Bartow and Stan Torvik. Additionally, LCCC hopes to announce the dean for the newly-formed School of Math and Sciences in the coming weeks.