Sauls applies for top job at LBWCC
Published 11:07 pm Wednesday, September 24, 2008
Tonitta Sauls hopes that her ties to Covington County and Lurleen B. Wallace Community College will work in her favor as she hopes to become the next president at LBWCC. She was one of 50 who submitted an application for the open position.
Sauls, economic and community development executive director with the Opp & Covington County Area Chamber of Commerce, worked for 21 years at LBWCC prior to taking her current position. Her most recent title at the college was assistant dean of adult education and skills training.
“I worked (at the college) for 21 years and left only because I wanted to get some experience outside of the college arena,” Sauls said. “Being in economic development has offered me some useful opportunities I believe I could bring back to LBWCC.”
The Alabama Department of Postsecondary Education took applications for the job up until the deadline of Sat., Sept. 20. Also on the list of applicants is Dr. Joyce “Joree” Jones, a former employee of LBWCC who is currently serving as the director of development at Andrew College in Cuthbert, Ga. Attempts to reach Jones for comment were unsuccessful.
Sauls is a native of Covington County who graduated from Florala High School and MacArthur Technical College.
“I have ties to this community,” she said. “The community college is my home away from home and I would love to be able to lead the college into the 21st Century. I would be a life-long candidate for the position.”
An 11-member search committee will now be responsible for vetting the 50 candidates down to five semifinalists and two alternates, and the public will have the opportunity to meet those candidates in October. The state board hopes to have a new president in place at LBWCC by Jan. 1, 2009.
Wayne Bennett was named interim president of LBWCC in May following Dr. Ed Meadows’s move to Pensacola Junior College, where he was named president earlier this year.
The following is a complete list of the 50 applicants received by the Alabama Department of Postsecondary Education, for the open position of LBWCC president, as of Wed., Sept. 24.
Dr. Kynesha L. Adams, Montgomery, Alabama- Law Clerk, Beasly, Allen Crow
Dr. Patricia K. Adkins, Westerville, Ohio- Provost, Columbus State Community College
Dr. Thad J. Anglin, Stephenville, Texas-Assistant Vice President for Student Life Studies, Tarleton State University
Dr. Stacy Aspinwall, Waycross, Georgia- Vice President of Enrollment &Student Services, Waycross College
Ms. Dina V. Avery, Birmingham, Alabama
Mr. Joe Banker, Leesburg, Georgia- Vice President for Academic Affairs, Albany Technical College
Mr. Marvin D. Bausman, Beloit, Wisconsin- Faculty Member, Blackhawk Technical College
Dr. Cornelius L. Bell, Beaufort, South Carolina- Associate Chancellor, University of South Carolina Beaufort
Dr. Clay Brown, Monticello, Arkansas- Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs University of Arkansas at Monticello
Dr. Susan Brown, Southside, Alabama –Assistant to the Dean of Instructional Services, Chair, Gadsden State Community College
Ms. Susan Burrow, Hamilton, Alabama – Campus Associate Dean, Bevill State Community College
Dr. Jeffrey A. Cantor, Pensacola, Florida- Provost, Pensacola Junior College
Dr. Roger Coomer, Malvern, Arkansas- Vice President of Finance and Administration, Ouachita Technical College
Dr. Raymond V. Cummiskey, Harrisburg, Illinois- President, Southeastern Illinois College (2 year College)
Dr. Charles J. Cunning, Gaffney, South Carolina-Special Assistant to the President, Limestone College
Dr. Thomas P. Dooley, Vestavia Hills, Alabama- Chief Sciences Officer, MediQuest Therapeuetics, Inc.
Dr. Michael A. Elam, Port Orange, Florida- Vice President for Student Development, Daytona State College
Dr. Ralph L. Ford, North Plainfield, New Jersey- Vice President of Student Services, Union County College
Dr. Jeffery Foshee, Bowling Green, Kentucky- Interim Provost, Bowling Green Technical College
Dr. Melissa Frank-Alston, Evans, Georgia- Vice President for Student Affairs, Augusta Technical College
Dr. Johnny Green, Auburn Alabama- VP of Student Affairs and Dean of Students, Auburn University
Dr. Larry D. Griffin, Memphis, Tennessee
Dr. Robert E. Gunter, Marion, Arkansas- Vice President for Workforce Technology, Mid-South Community College
Mr. Perry W. Gwin, Jr., East Gadsden, Alabama- Medical Account Collection, Medical Data Systems, Inc.
Dr. Monita G. Hara, Scranton, Pennsylvania- Superintendent, Scantron State School for the Deaf
Dr. Karen B. Hill, Climax, Georgia- Church Administrator, Faith Presbyterian Church and Preschool
Dr. Rickey Huffstutler, Phenix City, Alabama- Vice President of Special Populations, Ingram State Technical College
Mr. Fred Hughes, Mobile, Alabama- Director, Faulkner University
Dr. Christopher Jefferies, Talladega, AL- Provost/Vice President for Academic Affairs and Professor of Economics , Talladega College
Ms. Bonita Jenkins, Martinez, Georgia – Director of Marketing & Public Relations, Augusta Technical College
Mr. George A. Jones, Dover, Kentucky- College Chief Finance and Facilities Officer- Maysville Community and Technical College
Dr. Joyce Jones, Eufaula, Alabama, Director of Development, Andrew College
Dr. Warren Jones, Chicago, Illinois
Dr. Susan E. Karr, Little Rock, Arkansas- Vice President of Instruction, Ouachita Technical College
Dr. Roxanne Kelly, Topeka, Kansas- Director of Academic Services, Kansas Board of Regents
Mr. Travis Lee, Elmore, Alabama- CEO, Starting Over Recovery
Dr. William P. Leonard, Palos Park, Illinois
Dr. William E. Lusain, Birmingham, Alabama
Dr. Anne S. McNutt, Hilton Head Island, South Carolina President, Technical College of the Low Country
Mr. Jeffrey Moore, Lawrenceville, Georgia- President, Devry University/Keller Graduate School
Dr. Dan A. Opalewski, Columbia, Tennessee- Vice President for Student Services and Enrollment Management , Columbia State Community College
Mr. Edward J. Orum, Decatur, Alabama- Homebound Special Education Teacher, Huntsville City Schools
Dr. John Osborn, Birmingham, Alabama- Associate Provost, University of Alabama in Birmingham
Dr. Alan G. Phillips, Bloomington, Illinois- Executive Director of the Spoon River College, Spoon River College
Mr. Williams M. Plahn, Newburgh, Indiana- Vice President of Administration, Trelleborg Automotive International
Dr. Sammie W. Potts, Concord, North Carolina- Consultant
Dr. Herbert H. J. Riedel, Pittsburg, Texas- Vice President for Instruction and Student Development, Northeast Texas Community College
Ms. Tonitta W. Sauls, Opp, Alabama
Dr. Stanley M. Sidor, Palm Coast, Florida- Associate Vice President, College of Engineering, Daytona State College
Dr. Randy Smith, Altus, Oklahoma, Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs, Western Oklahoma State College
Dr. Lavinia Sparkman, Decatur, Mississippi- Vice President for Instruction, East Central Community College
Dr. Gary Stretcher, Port Neches, Texas- Vice President for Academic Affairs, Lamar State College
Dr. Raymond W. Staats, Montgomery, Alabama- Lieutenant Col. United States Air Force
Ms. Sibyl St. Clair, Detroit Michigan, Director, office of Research, Evaluation and Assessment, Detroit Public School System
Mr. Tony Summers, Richardson, Texas- Vice President for Student Development, Richland College
Dr. Brenda K. Taite, Claremont, New Hampshire- Acting Associate Director for EO/AA programs, Dartmouth College
Dr. Stephen M. Vacik, Steens, Mississippi- Vice President of Instruction, East Mississippi Community College
Dr. Sandra Vaughn, Memphis Tennessee- Associate Professor, Rust College
Dr. Harriet Westbrook (honorary), Dolomite, Alabama-Science Teacher, Bessemer Board of Education