Howerton Named Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs

Carol Ann Howerton, has been named Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs at Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College. Howerton will be responsible for providing leadership and management for the Office of Academic Affairs and interpret policy for the office while assisting in the development and implementation of college policies and procedures, planning, organization and administration of functional areas related to the Office of Academic Affairs with a major focus on student success. Distance learning, coordinating all grant activities and collecting data to assist with institutional effectiveness are also among the many duties of this position. Howerton has a proven record of leadership on both state and federal grants that have contributed significantly to Southern’s ability to expand and enhance program offerings and services for students, faculty, and staff. “The position as a whole creates some new and exciting opportunities to branch out and expand my involvement and leadership at the college. I’ve always been involved with distance education so having the opportunity to continue in that capacity was my main draw,” said Howerton. She states that growing the distance education, and expanding growth through the use of grants is a top priority. With 28 years of service, Howerton has served in many capacities at Southern. She began her career in August of 1988 as a data processing instructor, and later became the Applied and Industrial Technology Department Chair in 2000. She currently holds the positions of Principal Investigator/Project Director for the National Science Foundation Grant, Director for Distance Education, and Professor of Computer Information Systems. Her service on numerous committees demonstrates the high level of dedication she has to Southern. Howerton has also been the recipient of some of the most prestigious awards in her field, just this year she was named Southern’s Outstanding Contributor by the West Virginia Community College Association. Howerton holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science and Mathematics from Concord College, and a Master of Science degree in Management of Information Systems from the West Virginia College of Graduate Studies.