Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College today announced that Dr. Harry M. Langley has been named Vice President for Academic Affairs and Student Services. Langley joins Southern from California University of Pennsylvania in California, PA, where he served as Associate Provost for Student Retention and Success and University Coordinator for Assessment of Student Learning.
His appointment began in July.
"Dr. Langley will bring tremendous value as an accomplished professor and administrator to the college, and we are pleased to appoint him to this vital role," said Joanne Jaeger Tomblin, First Lady/President of Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College. "I am confident that he will provide effective leadership for our faculty, staff and students with a robust long-range vision for our academic and student services programs."
At California University of Pennsylvania, Langley is credited for his implementation of ‘University College’, a first-year experience for all new students and was recognized for his leadership role inimproving student retention, success and persistence to graduation. He also initiated the University’s Tech Prep Program and assisted with the School-to-Work initiative.
Langley is known as a teacher scholar. He has been honored with a professor of the year award and received a Fulbright-Hays Study Abroad Fellowship. An often published and sought after speaker, Langley focuses on student success and faculty development as topics.
Langley served for almost two decades as a member of the Faculty Professional Development Council of the State System of Higher Education in Pennsylvania and was recognized by the Faculty Professional Development Committee, California University of Pennsylvania, for his support and significant contributions to faculty professional development.
Dr. Langley also served as Dean of the College for a private two-year institution in North Carolina and as a division chair for a public two-year college in the University System of Georgia.
Langley earned his bachelor's degree in biology from Texas Lutheran College, Seguin, Texas. He then earned a master’s degree in Entomology and a doctorate in Zoology from Clemson University, Clemson, South Carolina.
Dr. Langley has also served as a lay minister for 22 years.
“I am impressed with the vision of President Tomblin and the College Community for Southern and the commitment of all to the success of our students,” said Langley. “I pray that I may be of service as the College continues to move to its next level of excellence in meeting the needs of those in its service area. “
Dr. Langley resides with his wife, Diana, near Chapmanville, on Hubert Hill Road.
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.