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Mr. Damien N. Williams Named Vice President for Student Services Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College today announced that Mr. Damien N. Williams has been named Vice President for Student Services. He joins Southern from Philander Smith College in Little Rock, Arkansas, where he served as Vice President for Enrollment. “Mr. Williams embraces Southern’s values and is fully committed to helping our students succeed,” said Dr. Robert Gunter, President of Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College. “His enthusiasm, leadership, past experiences, and focus on student success will enable us to yield exciting new opportunities for our students. We are pleased to appoint him to this vital role.” His responsibilities at Philander Smith College included oversight of the offices of Admissions, Enrollment Management, Financial Aid, Recruitment and Registrar, and the Academic Success Center. A respected educational leader in higher education, Williams served as the Dean of Students at both Tyler Junior College and Texas College in Tyler, Texas. He earned a bachelor’s degree and master’s degree in Christian Education from Dallas Baptist University, Dallas, TX. Mr. Williams is married to Dr. LaStassia Williams, a registered nurse, and has four children, Jernecia, Peyton, Paige, and Parker.
June 28, 2017

College not complying with state law, procedures

CHARLESTON, WV, June 28, 2017– State officials at the West Virginia Council Community and Technical College Education (Council) are warning former West Virginia Business College (WVBC) students against misleading information recently distributed by the college. WVBC lost its accreditation on April 10, 2017, leading the Council to revoke its authorization to operate in West Virginia effective June 30.

Yesterday, Council officials were notified that West Virginia Business College administrators sent former students messages suggesting they would remain in operation. Further, the college notified spring 2017 students that they must attend an orientation session for the next semester before their transcripts would be released. Students hoping to transfer credits earned at WVBC to an accredited college or university must have an official transcript to do so.

“The Council hopes that WVBC will choose to be good stewards of their students, inform them that WVBC is no longer legally allowed to enroll students, and provide transcripts upon request,” said Dr. Sarah Armstrong Tucker, Chancellor. “It is unethical for them to withhold those transcripts or require students to attend any such orientation to receive them.”

The West Virginia Business College lost its accreditation on April 10, 2017, a requirement to operate in the state of West Virginia. After due process and allowing WVBC the opportunity to appeal, the Council withdrew WVBC’s operating permit on June 8, 2017, ordering them to halt any and all operations by June 30, 2017.

“West Virginia Business College is not authorized to continue offering classes in the state of West Virginia,” Tucker said. “Their recent actions not only violate their legal standing, but --- most disturbingly --- are irresponsible and harmful to students who are trying to move forward with their lives and education.” Earlier today, Council staff sent notice to WVBC that the Attorney General’s Office will begin taking legal actions if the college does not cease and desist in all attempts to enroll students.

Former WVBC students who need help obtaining transcripts, transferring to another institution, managing student loan debt or exploring new education or career options are encouraged to contact Council staff for free assistance at 304.558.0265 ext. 6, or by email to Renee Harvey at

If you would like more information about this topic, please contact Samantha Godby at 304.558.0087 ext. 265 or email at

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Southern is pleased to announce the availability of a new online service, Transcript Ordering.

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Transcript Ordering is provided through the National Student Clearinghouse, a nonprofit organization serving the higher education community for more than 21 years.

Pictured l-r:  Bill Cook, Director of Boone/Lincoln Campus Operations, President Bob Gunter, and John Paul Abbot, Chairman of the Carrie Anne Scott Memorial Scholarship Foundation.
Madison, WV – Mr. John Paul Abbot, Chairman of the Carrie Anne Scott Memorial Scholarship Foundation, recently presented a $1,000 donation check for this Scholarship to the Southern West Virginia Community College Foundation, Inc. This generous contribution was made possible by the collected proceeds from the Second Annual Little Coal River Float held on Saturday, June 10, 2017, in Danville, WV. Mr. Abbott stated that his family is proud to support higher education opportunities for local students, and sincerely thanks everyone who contributed to making this year’s scholarship fundraiser a success. “We could not offer this scholarship without your support,” said Mr. Abbot. “Your generous contributions help us give back to the community in loving memory of Carrie Anne.” “I am pleased to accept this donation on behalf of the Foundation,” said Dr. Robert E. Gunter, president of Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College. “We truly appreciate all the support we receive from our community and community leaders as we work together to provide educational opportunities for students.” The Carrie Anne Scott Memorial Scholarship was established in 2004 by the Scott Family and the Madison Middle School Student Council to celebrate the life of Carrie Anne Scott, who was a teacher and Student Council Sponsor at Madison Middle School. The scholarship funds are administered through Southern’s Foundation. Pictured l-r: Bill Cook, Director of Boone/Lincoln Campus Operations, President Bob Gunter, and John Paul Abbot, Chairman of the Carrie Anne Scott Memorial Scholarship Foundation.
All Student Services offices, at all of our campus locations, will be closed for professional development on Wednesday, June 14. All offices will resume regular schedule on Thursday, June 15, 2017. For more information, contact
During Southern's quarterly Governance Day, on April 26th, 2017, Bob Gunter honored Carol Jobe as Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College's Employee of the Year. Carol has been instrumental in recent payroll system conversions, and has always shown unwavering dedication and commitment to the institution, even if it meant sacrificing time off with family, adjusting vacation schedules, or working from home. In her 13 years at Southern, she has been an exemplary employee who is self-motivated, dependable, conscientious, enthusiastic, and has always maintained an upbeat attitude. Join us in congratulating Carol Jobe as Southern's 2017 Employee of the Year!
Logan, WV – Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College is pleased to announce that Ms. Ruth Ryan Lemmon, President of the West Virginia Automobile and Truck Dealers Association, will address the Class of 2017 at the College’s 45th Commencement Ceremony on Saturday, May 13, 2017. Being a pioneer in an industry which is mostly male-dominated, Ms. Lemmon began her career as one of the first female sales professionals at Xerox Corporation. She went from a successful career in public relations and education to sales, where she became one of the first females in the country to head an automotive trade association. Representing the West Virginia Automobile and Truck Dealers Association for more than four decades has given Ms. Lemmon an opportunity to help shape an industry of great importance to the state, its business leaders, and its citizens. Through her leadership, the West Virginia International Auto Show was founded. Currently in its 19th year, the annual show introduces the latest models and future vehicles to auto enthusiasts in West Virginia and surrounding states. It provides a glimpse of both the industry and West Virginia to attendees, and is one of 20 regional auto shows in the country. During her career, Ms. Lemmon has received many awards for outstanding performance. In 2014, she received the Lorenelle White Lifetime Achievement Award, and was named as one of the top 2,000 Female Business Executives in America by a leading business magazine in 2009. On multiple occasions she was named as “Automotive Trade Executive of the Year” by the National Automobile Dealers Association (NADA). Working closely with the NADA and counterparts across the country, she has served on boards of directors and many pro-active committees. A member of the Vandalia Rotary Club, Association of Auto Show Executives, West Virginia Chamber of Commerce and the Business Industry Committee, Lemmon believes that every path can be driven by being an effective communicator and salesperson. Ms. Lemmon is a West Virginia and Kanawha Valley native. She is a graduate of Clendenin High School, attended Morris Harvey College (which is now the University of Charleston), and Xerox International Training Center in Leesburg, Virginia. She and her husband Ret. Col. David Lemmon, reside in Nitro, WV. Commencement will take place on Saturday, May 13, 2017, beginning at 10:00 a.m. at the Coalfield Jamboree Theater, 308 Main Street, Logan, West Virginia. The public is invited to attend.
Southern is partnering with the Robert C. Byrd Institute, Hatfield-McCoy Trails, and the Hatfield-McCoy Convention & Visitors Bureau to present a FREE Marketing and Social Media Luncheon on May 23, from 10 AM to 2 PM, in room 111 of Building A on our Logan Campus. The luncheon is geared at helping small businesses learn how to develop an effective marketing and social media strategy. The lunch and workshop is free, but you must register to attend. To register, go to by May 18 at 3PM. For more information, contact Jane Bostic - 304.781.1681 or For more information on the Robert C. Byrd Institute, go to or call 800.469.RCBI (7224)
First Year Students, from Southern's Nursing program, visited the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine (WVSOM) in Lewisburg, WV, April 19th, 2017, for Anatomy Lab Day. The students participated with cadavers to identify the pathophysiology linked to the cause of death (autopsy), identified normal/abnormal diagnostic x-rays, used microscopes identifying normal/abnormal tissues, and viewed various diseased organs. The students gained insight into how the human body works both critically and “hands on”.