Rita G. Roberson Named Southern’s Outstanding Contributor at 2017 WVCCA Awards

Ms. Rita G. Roberson, Director of Williamson Campus Operations at Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College, was recognized as an Outstanding Contributor to Community College Education. She received the award during the 2017 annual conference of the West Virginia Community College Association held October 13, 2017 at New River Community and Technical College in Beaver, WV.

“Rita exemplifies a true example of “Southern’s Best” as she continuously goes above and beyond the expected,” said President Bob Gunter. “She takes great pride in her campus and community, which is demonstrated through her volunteerism and unselfish giving of her personal time.”

In 2016 Ms. Roberson became the “Champion” for SkillsUSA, a competitive student leadership program. She was instrumental in organizing faculty and students, disseminating information, arranging for uniforms, transportation, and lodging for students to participate in the SkillsUSA WV State Leadership and Skills Conference. Because of her leadership, in April 2017 ten student leaders competed in the State Conference held at Fairmont State College and brought home two gold medals and one silver medal. Ms. Roberson also took it upon herself to organize and administer continuing education courses in Cake Decorating, Zumba, Paint and Play, and Computers for 50+ at both the Williamson and Logan Campuses. These activities brought 1,599 citizens from our communities onto our campuses. She maintains a positive attitude and is always supportive of the College. She is indeed a true asset to Southern and to the communities we serve.

Ms. Roberson has been an employee of Southern for 32 years and began her duties as Director of Campus Operations at Southern’s Williamson Campus in 2000. Her areas of oversight include planning, coordination, and supervision of campus service workers; planning and participation in recruitment efforts for campus and college-wide recruitment activities; serving as the campus safety coordinator and community liaison; assisting with institutional fundraising; and serving on numerous college committees. She accepted her first position with Southern in 1985 as Secretary to the Business Division Chair. Since then she has served in a variety of positions including Executive Secretary to the Dean of Instruction and Administrative Services, Educational Talent Search Outreach Counselor, and Student Support Services Counselor and Director.

She holds an Associate in Arts Degree from Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College, and a Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education, K-8, and a Master of Arts in Counseling with an emphasis in Community Agency from Marshall University. Ms. Roberson and her husband, Don, reside in Williamson, WV.