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ECC names new dean

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Sheryll Wood has been named dean of the Division of Arts and Sciences at Edgecombe Community College.

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From Contributed Reports

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Sheryll Wood has been named dean of the Division of Arts and Sciences at Edgecombe Community College.

Wood, an experienced educator who has spent nearly 30 years teaching at the college level, will oversee programs in Biotechnology, College Transfer, Criminal Justice, Early Childhood Education, Education/Lateral Entry Teaching, English/Humanities, Human Services, Mathematics, Pre-Engineering, Science, Social Sciences and Transitional Studies.

Wood joined ECC in September 2013 as chairwoman of the Department of English/Humanities. Prior to her ECC appointment, she taught English at East Carolina University. She also has held instructional and administrative posts at Pitt, Lenoir and Wilson community colleges.

“I came to Edgecombe Community College because I thought it was a place where I could make a difference,” Wood said. “The deanship gives me the chance to use my skills, challenge myself and create opportunities to enable both instructors and students to be more successful.”

Her immediate goal is to “acclimate myself to the role to discover the best ways to be supportive of my division chairs, instructors and students.”

“Through her previous positions, Ms. Wood has accumulated relevant experience in the areas of college transfer, accreditation, supervision of instruction, curriculum development and program improvement,” said Dr. Harry Starnes, vice president of instruction at ECC. “I am excited about the gifts and talents she brings to this key position at Edgecombe Community College.”

In addition to her new role as dean, Wood is leading the college through the reaffirmation of its accreditation status by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.

Reaffirmation is a multi-year process that occurs every ten years. The college first received SACS accreditation in 1972 and it was reaffirmed in 1978, 1988, 1998 and 2008.

“Leading the SACS reaccreditation study will give me a great opportunity to participate in the total life of the college. My role as dean and my work on SACS will inform one another. It’s an exciting time to be at Edgecombe Community College,” she said.

Wood holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in English from East Carolina University. She has completed additional course work in curriculum and instruction at N.C. State University.

Her professional affiliations include the N.C. College Transfer Program Association, the N.C. Conference of English Instructors and Delta Kappa Gamma Society, an honor society for professional women educators.

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