MUD FORK — Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College has announced that Dr. Debra Teachman has been named Vice President for Academic Affairs and Student Services. Teachman joins Southern from New Mexico State University Alamogordo (NMSUA), where she served as Vice President for Academic Affairs.
“Dr. Teachman embraces Southern’s values and is fully committed to helping our students succeed,” Joanne Jaeger Tomblin, First Lady/President of Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College, said. “Her enthusiasm, leadership, past experiences, and focus on innovation will enable us to enhance our already outstanding instructional programs, responsiveness to our community, and yield exciting new opportunities for our students.”
Teachman’s responsibilities at NMSUA included the oversight of all instructional programs, developing and maintaining community and statewide partnerships in instructional programming, fundraising and supporting the coordination of academic advising and admission/registration processes for the college.
At NMSUA, Teachman is credited for successfully coordinating college and community efforts with legislative committees and with the NM Higher Education Department, resulting in planning funds for the Advanced Technology Center for Career/Technical programs in Automotive, Welding, Renewable Energies, HVAC, and Building Construction.
Teachman also served as Interim CEO/President of NMSUA during a particularly difficult rebuilding period at the institution.
Teachman’s career includes serving 23 years in higher education. Six of those years were spent at Marshall University in Huntington as an Assistant Professor in English. Teachman says she welcomes the opportunity to return to West Virginia.
She earned her bachelor’s degree and master’s degree in English from Northern Illinois University. She followed that with a doctorate in English from the University of California –Davis.
“My life’s mission matches the mission of [Southern]. I am focused on and dedicated to providing strong, high quality educational opportunities to students who may otherwise be unable to pursue them, and to supporting the communities I am a part of through development of a strong, well educated workforce that has the skills and knowledge needed by those communities,” she said.
Teachman’s appointment will begin in November.
Southern provides accessible, affordable, quality education and training at each of its four campuses in Boone, Logan, Mingo and Wyoming counties and its Lincoln County High School location in Hamlin, WV. For further information visit www.southernwv.edu or call 1-866-SWCTC1.