Russell Saunders is being recognized as the Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College, December Employee of the Month.
Saunders is a graduate of University of Charleston, WV State University and Marshall University where he earned an AS in Radiologic Technology, BA in Radiologic Technology, and a Master’s in Educational Leadership. He is ARRT credentialed in Radiography & Computed Tomography and is currently enrolled in a Doctoral Program of Higher Education Leadership at the University of Seattle.
He joined the staff of Southern in January 1991 as Southern Clinical Instructor for Logan General Hospital and in 1992 he became Adjunct Lab Manager. In 2005 Saunders became full-time faculty and is the current Radiologic Technology Department Faculty/Clinical Coordinator.
Saunders describes his job as being responsible for the course instruction, development of a competency based clinical education that correlates with didactic courses, and act as the primary liaison for our Southern students at each of the clinical sites. “I love what I do, teaching and serving our students! I have hope that one day they will serve others with great passion and a higher purpose to become servant leaders to their communities.”
Saunders travels between 600 -800 each month to visit the clinical sites. This gives him the opportunity to not only instruct but to check in on past graduates. “I love teaching and seeing past graduates every week during my clinical education visits. I love observing their evolution while serving others. They make me very proud! Many of our Radiologic Technology graduates have continued their education to become Radiology department directors, radiation therapists, physicians, physician assistants, and pharmacists. A few are now the Radiology program's clinical instructors.”
Volunteering at Southern and in the community keep Saunders busy. At Southern he serves on the Faculty Senate, Financial Exigency, Radiologic Technology Advisory Board, 2014 Promotion committee chair, Enrollment Management and 2013 Registration subcommittee past chair. He supports the community as a WVSSAC baseball umpire, a summer travel softball coach and Chapmanville Softball League Board member.
In his spare time he enjoys archery hunting, coaching softball and log homes.
Saunders and his wife Jenny have two sons. Kyle, a West Virginia University graduate student and Dylan, a baseball pitcher for University of Charleston who will start medical school in the fall. They also have two daugthers. Jacy is a student at Chapmanville Regional High School and Jarrah, a student at West Chapmanville Grade. Both are honor students and athletes.
Saunders said he was very surprised to learn that he had been named Employee of the Month. “We have so many valuable people within the Southern family that do great things for our communities. Our programs are the greatest!”