Dr. Deanna M. Romano Named Vice President for Academic Affairs

Dr. Deanna M. Romano, Vice President for Academic Affairs
President Robert Gunter is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Deanna Romano as the new Vice President for Academic Affairs at Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College. Serving most recently as the Accreditation Liaison Officer and Associate Professor of Educational Technology at Ashland University in Ashland, Ohio, Dr. Romano will begin her new role at Southern on January 22, 2018.

"Her broad range of experience in leadership, accreditation, and higher education in general, will be a true asset to Southern as we continue to ensure that our academic programs meet the needs of students, business and industry. Dr. Romano is a key addition that will enable Southern to continue to grow in academic offerings, enrollment and quality, and I am pleased to appoint her to this vital role," said President, Robert E. Gunter, Ed.D. "Delivering quality education that supports student success is the foundation of everything we strive to do at Southern. Dr. Romano brings expertise, energy, and vision that will help us advance strategic plans and achieve our goals. I look forward to working closely with her and introducing her to our faculty, staff, students, and community this semester.”

“I am excited to assume this new role and look forward to working with the faculty, staff, and administration to advance the mission of Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College,” Dr. Romano said. “During the interview process, I was impressed by the friendliness, professionalism, and dedication to the school shown by so many. It is clear that Southern is an integral part of the communities in this region. I feel fortunate to be selected for this position and to continuing to meet the needs of the students, community, and the workforce.”

Romano’s 17-year career at Ashland University includes serving as the Interim Associate Provost for the College of Online and Adult Studies, and as chair of several departments within the Dwight Schar College of Education. She has expertise in curriculum development, program implementation, assessment, and accreditation. Dr. Romano designed a nationally recognized Master of Education in Educational Technology, ranking in the top 10 online programs in Ohio. She has authored a book chapter, several refereed publications, presented at conferences across the country, and virtually presented at the International Technology, Education, and Development Conference in Valencia, Spain. She has more than 20 years of experience in the area of educational technology and distance education.

Dr. Romano earned her Doctorate degree in Instructional Technology and Distance Education from Nova Southeastern University, in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. She earned a Master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction, and a Bachelor’s degree in Education from Cleveland State University, in Cleveland, Ohio.