Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College Announces Winners of 2018 Savas-Kostas Award for Excellence

2018 Savas-Kostas Award Winners

Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College announced the recipients of its 2018 Savas-Kostas Award for Excellence during the college’s 46th Commencement Ceremony on Saturday, May 12, 2018. The faculty award winners are Leslie T. Goldie and Brandon Kirk; the staff award winners are Chris Gray and Susan Wolford. Leslie “Les” Goldie is an Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice at Southern, and a West Virginia State Police Sergeant. He restructured Southern’s Criminal Justice program to offer students a fully online Associate Degree, allowing students more flexibility in balancing their studies, personal lives, and work schedules. Goldie also serves on Southern’s Facilities and Safety Committee and Crisis Management Team. He is a Logan County native and a Logan High School graduate. Goldie earned his Master’s Degree in Leadership Studies from Marshall University. He lives in Logan with his wife, Amy.

Brandon Kirk is an Assistant Professor of History at Southern, having earned a Master of Arts in History from Marshall University. Coming from a family of educators, Kirk is a dedicated faculty member, and serves as Coordinator for Board of Governors degree program. He is a published author, having written the book "Blood in West Virginia: Brumfield v. McCoy" in 2014. Kirk, who resides in Harts, W.Va., has been a member of Southern’s faculty since 2010.

One of Southern’s Staff Award winners, Chris Gray, has been on Southern’s team since 1996. Gray serves as the Manager for Business and Auxiliary Services, overseeing Southern’s Business Office, online bookstore, and the snack bar contractors on Southern’s Williamson campus. Gray also serves as Chair of the Classified Staff Council, and the staff representative to the West Virginia Advisory Council of Classified Employees. He is the Chair of the Strategic Planning and Financial Review Committee, and recently coordinated the development of Southern’s Strategic Planning process. Gray is a native of Welch, W.Va., and holds a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from Marshall University. He currently resides in Williamson, W.Va.

Administrative Associate Susan Wolford, the other Staff Award winner, has been a dedicated Southern employee since 1988. Wolford is known for her customer service skills, and her tireless work with department chairs, coordinators, faculty, staff, and students. She has been instrumental in helping make Southern’s Allied Health and Nursing programs among the best in the state and nation. Wolford is a graduate of Logan High School, and holds an Associate Degree in Executive Secretarial Science from Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College. She earned her Regents Bachelor of Arts from Bluefield State College. She resides at Henlawson, W.Va. with her husband, Larry.

The Savas-Kostas Award for Excellence is presented annually to honor two outstanding faculty and two outstanding staff members of Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College who have made significant contributions to the College, community, or to improve education in southern West Virginia. Evidence of qualities befitting a recipient of the Savas-Kostas Award for Excellence includes integrity, professionalism, selflessness, commitment, and cooperation. The outstanding faculty awards were established in 1982 as a permanent endowment by Logan businessman, Nick Savas, for the purpose of recognizing the outstanding contributions of faculty at Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College and the communities we serve. These awards are in the amount of one thousand dollars each. The awards to recognize the outstanding contributions of staff were initiated in 1996 by George and Elizabeth Savas-Kostas. These awards are in the amount of five hundred dollars each.