Happy New Year!
Dear NCCCFA members:
The "new" doesn't end with New Year's traditional good luck foods of greens and black-eyed peas; let's welcome a New Executive Board as they take office Jan. 1, as well as a new approach to membership dues, voted in at our last Annual Meeting in October. Here are our new officers:
President - Pinda Byrd (James Sprunt Community College)
Vice- president Internal Affairs (interim through 2015)- Shane Oakley (Cape Fear Community College)
Vice-president External Affairs - Kambiz Tahmaseb (Vance-Granville Community College)
Vice-president Communications - Petra Sargent (Wake Technical Community College
Treasurere - Ken Kleiner (Fayetteville Technical Community College)
Eastern Regional Director - Ken Myers (College of the Albermarle)
Central Regional Director - Denise Wetli (Wake Technical Community College)
Western Regional Director - Susan Whittemore (Gaston Community College)
Benita Budd, Immediate Past President, (Wake Technical Community College)
Roseanne Thomas, Immediate Past VP Communications (Fayetteville Technical Community College)
David Wilmoth (Past Eastern Regional Director)
In accordance with Constitutional changes approved by the membership in 2012, immediate past officers remain on the Board for one additional year to mentor new board members.
Another big "NEW" is our change in the membership dues process. At the October 2014 meeting during the NCCCS conference, the membership voted to abolish annual dues in favor of a one-time membership fee. Long-term active members, as of Oct. 15, 2014, will receive the designation of “Sponsor," and members will receive Sponsorship Status based on the level of their previous contributions. New members who have joined, or join, after that date will pay a one-time membership fee to be determined by the Executive Board. As of this date, that fee is $30 for full-time faculty. Details of these changes can be found in the minutes of the October meeting, posted (HERE).
With this change, we hope to keep our members and grow new members - we wish to minimize any barriers to membership, and we hope that this change to the dues structure will ensure that our organization is open to all faculty and friends of NC Community College faculty. Since its inception 16 years ago, the NCCCFA has worked to support faculty through advocacy and professional development. We hope to continue these traditions, even as we work to bring new ideas and methods to improve our effectiveness throughout the state.
The 2015 NC Great Teachers Seminar winners represent each of the three regions:
ï‚· Central – Maria LeBaron (Randolph Community College)
ï‚· Eastern – Nancy White (Coastal Carolina Community College)
ï‚· Western – Solomon Willis (Cleveland Community College)
Congratulations! We hope you share your insights with us at our next Conference.
Pinda Byrd, President, NCCCFA
Benita Budd, Immediate Past President, NCCCFA