Voorhees Welcomes New Faculty and Staff

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Voorhees Welcomes New Faculty and Staff

August 21, 2015

For the 2015-2016 academic year, Voorhees College has hired several new faculty and staff members and others have received promotions. 
 
As the college gears up for a successful year, Adrian West, former dean of students, is settling into his new role as the assistant vice president of student affairs. West earned a bachelor’s and master’s degree in health and physical education from Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University. 
 
“I’m excited to welcome our new and returning students to Voorhees,” West said. “We have many activities planned for the year that will help our students develop leadership skills that they will need in the real world.” 
 
Diondra Smalls, who has taken on the responsibility as the new director of admissions, has planned various new and creative ideas to enhance recruitment approaches. 
 
Smalls earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration and marketing from Lander University and a master’s degree in management from Southern Wesleyan. She is currently pursuing a doctorate degree in management at the University of Phoenix. 
 
Smalls plans to implement more staff training on current recruitment techniques, strengthen relationships within the community and develop a networking recruitment plan with alumni in an effort to reach the institution’s enrollment goal. Since coming on, Smalls has hired Kerri Walker, admissions counselor/recruiter, and Sherell Ruth, data coordinator/part-time recruiter. She is currently looking to hire a full-time recruiter.
 
The Division of Academic Affairs has hired Dr. Tywana Branch, division chair of business and professional studies, who earned a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from Voorhees College, a master’s degree in counseling psychology from Troy State University and a doctorate degree in psychology from Capella University. 
 
Dr. Diane Hulett was hired as an assistant professor of English. She earned a bachelor’s degree in English and economics from Centre College, a master’s degree in communications and doctorate degree in English from University of Kentucky. 
 
Marcus Amos was hired as the assistant professor and area coordinator of sports management. He earned a bachelor’s degree in therapeutic recreation from Southern University and a bachelor’s degree in physical education from Saint Augustine’s College. Amos earned a master’s degree in rehabilitation counseling from South Carolina State University and a master’s degree in sports management from Louisiana State University. He is currently in his final year of his doctorate program in sports management at University of Tennessee. 
 
Also coming on board is Queen Smith, who was hired as a research analyst. Smith earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Voorhees College and a master’s degree in human resource management from Webster University.
 
Lastly, Melika Jackson, formerly director of academic affairs, was promoted to the assistant vice president of academic affairs.  
 
“We have put in place some highly qualified faculty and staff members who will uphold our motto of changing minds and changing lives by preparing our students to become productive citizens once they graduate,” said President Cleveland L. Sellers, Jr.
 
Voorhees is still accepting new students for the academic year. Registration ends Aug. 31. Students may apply online at www.voorhees.edu.
 
For more information, contact Megan Freeman, director of communications, at 803-780-1191 or at mfreeman@voorhees.edu