WCC Presents 2017 Distinguished Chair Awards

September 19, 2017

Two Wayne Community College faculty members have been honored with the college’s 14th set of “Distinguished Chair” awards.

Art Instructor Angie Waller and Language and Communications Department Chair Dr. Daniel Rollins each received a monetary award to use for travel and a keepsake for their offices.

WCC Distinguished Chair recipients and college officials
Foundation of Wayne Community College Board Chair Bill Hunter (left to right) and Executive Director Adrienne Northington congratulate Danny Rollins and Angie Waller, the college’s 14th distinguished chair recipients, along with Wayne Community College President Dr. Thomas A. Walker Jr.

The Distinguished Chair awards recognize outstanding full-time curriculum faculty members who have distinguished themselves at the college and in the community. The awards are made possible by an annual gift to the Foundation of Wayne Community College by an anonymous donor.

In announcing the awards, Dr. Gene Smith, WCC vice president of academic and student services, called Waller “an outstanding mentor, instructor, and colleague.”

“A graduate of Wayne Community College, she truly inspires students to develop and share their talents with the campus and surrounding communities,” Smith said.

He noted that she has created partnerships with the Arts Council of Wayne County and the NC Museum of Art and collaborates with departments throughout campus.

“She is a major component of the WCC Fine Arts Festivals and has recently implement a wildly successful juried art show to assist other students with scholarships,” he said.

Smith commended Rollins for being “an outstanding leader, mentor, faculty member, and servant of our community.”

“He exemplifies the model of student engagement and student success by teaching every class with a passion for the discipline and for student learning,” Smith said.

Rollins began his career at WCC 17 years ago as a liberal arts instructor. He has served in the Language and Communications Department as an English instructor and chair. He led the development of the Quality Enhancement Plan component of the most recent Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges reaffirmation process.

Beyond academics, Rollins has advised the WCC Student Government Association and the Kappa Delta Pi International Honor Society in Education chapter. He also promotes the college at recruiting events and has worked with students and staff in campus and community production.

Past recipients were 2004 – Peggy Womble and Beth Hooks; 2005 – Cindy Archie and Gene Smith; 2006 – Faye Best and Rosalyn Lomax; 2007 – Kathryn Spicer and Rachel Hall; 2008 – Margaret Baddour and Charlotte Brow; 2009 – Craig Foucht and Phyllis Patterson; 2010 – Todd King and Anna Anaya-Vega; 2011 – Joanne McClave and Angela Wall; 2012- Tammy Bishop and Fe Finch; 2013 – David Byrd and Janeil Marak; 2014 – Maureen Loomer and Chad Pate; and 2015 – Katina Davis and Glenn Royster; and 2016 – Paul Compton and Duane Everhart.

The Foundation is a non-profit organization that works to promote and to broaden the base of community support for educational opportunities at Wayne Community College in Goldsboro. The Foundation provides scholarships for WCC students, funds for educational supplies and events that cannot be paid for with state money, and public cultural events at the college.

Wayne Community College is a public, learning-centered institution with an open-door admission policy located in Goldsboro, N.C. As it works to develop a highly skilled and competitive workforce, the college serves 14,000 individuals annually as well as businesses, industry, and community organizations with high quality, affordable, accessible learning opportunities, including more than 70 college credit programs. WCC’s mission is to meet the educational, training, and cultural needs of the communities it serves.