2013 President's Award

Kimberly Hensley and Steven Lacek have been awarded the President’s Award by First Lady/President of Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College, Joanne Jaeger Tomblin.

Tomblin announced the recipients during the annual President’s Awards Ceremony.

The President’s Award was established by President Tomblin to recognize an outstanding college employee who demonstrates a commitment to the college and is dedicated to making the community a better place.

Hensley, an Associate Professor of Biology in the Natural Sciences Department, believes in the empowerment of education, and helping her students discover their ‘aha’ moment.   “I strive to help my students shape their future and find a path to their goals,” said Hensley.

Hensley is a graduate of Williamson High School and attended Marshall University, where she earned her undergraduate degree in Biology and a Master’s in Environmental Science.  She has been a full time professor at Southern since 2001.

She maintains a very busy schedule at Southern and is active in the community, serving as a Sunday school teacher and youth leader and is an instructor for the Merit Badge College for the Boy Scouts. She also tutors and helps with science education on the secondary level.

Fellow recipient, Steven Lacek, Assistant Professor / Department Chair for Transitional Studies began his career at Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College in the fall of 1997 as a part time lab manager on the Wyoming Campus. After several semesters he left the state but returned in 2004 as an Instructional Specialist for the Transitional Studies Department eventually leading to his current position.

He recently assumed a leadership role as the Co-Coordinator of Southern’s Self Study for reaffirmation of accreditation with the Higher Learning Commission, leading to his recognition as Southern’s Outstanding Contributor to Community College Education.

He was the 2011 recipient of the Savas-Kostas Outstanding Faculty Award for Excellence and was selected to be a participant in the President’s Future Leaders’ Academy. Lacek is a member of the National Association of Developmental Educators and serves on the WVCTCS Developmental Education Task Force Sub Committee on Assessment.

Lacek earned his bachelor's degree in Education with a concentration in Mathematics from Concord University and Master of Arts in Mathematics from Marshall University.

“At the heart of any great educational institution, are those talented and passionate individuals who devote their time, enlightening and mentoring students for the future,” said Tomblin. “Kim and Steve are two such individuals.”