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WSCC Leadership: Helping the careers of students

Posted on Tuesday, September 11, 2012 at 10:13 am

Walters State Community College is continuing its tradition of academic excellence.

The institution serves 10 counties, including Claiborne, Cocke, Grainger, Greene, Hamblen, Hancock, Hawkins, Jefferson, Sevier and Union counties, and it offers associate’s and technical degrees.

The school’s leadership, headed by Wade B. McCamey, Ph.D., works to ensure the college’s almost 7,000 students get the direction and support they need from all units of WSCC.

McCamey is president of WSCC. He was appointed to the position in 2005 by the Tennessee Board of Regents. He worked at WSCC in various positions, including vice president for academic affairs, for more than 20 years before being named president of Roane State Community College in 2001.

 He taught biology and geography in Greene County Schools before becoming one of East Tennessee’s youngest high school principals at age 26 when he was named to lead Chuckey-Doak High School.

McCamey earned three degrees from East Tennessee State University—a bachelor’s in geography and biology, a master’s in education administration and a doctorate in education administration. He also has an associate degree in business administration from Hiwassee College.

McCamey is assisted by an able group of vice presidents, all of whom act as trustees for the Walters State Foundation, a not-for-profit organization created to promote and support the literary, scientific, educational scholarship, research, charitable and developmental purposes and objectives of the college.

Lori Campbell, Ed.D., has worked at WSCC for 18 years and serves as vice president for academic affairs.

While offering associate degrees in arts, science and applied science, the academic affairs division at WSCC also provides certificate programs to support economic and community development.

Campbell joined the college as a counselor for developmental education and coordinator of student orientation. She has served as a professor of education and dean of the behavioral and social sciences division. She was instrumental in forming the Mid-East Tennessee Regional P-16 Council.

 Campbell has a bachelor’s degree in academic psychology, a master’s in college student personnel and a doctorate of education degree in leadership studies, all from the University of Tennessee. She has also completed post-doctoral coursework.

 Campbell lives in Morristown.

Foster Chason, Ph.D., joined WSCC in March 2006 as vice president for student affairs and athletic director.

 The student affairs division of the college focuses on students’ personal needs and provides services designed to supplement classroom programs, including counseling, financial aid, health services, intramurals and student publications, to name a few.

Previously, Chason served for 29 years at Chattanooga State Technical Community College, where he was hired in 1976 as an instructor and later became a professor.

Chason served as the department head for social and behavioral sciences, director of basic and developmental education and associate vice president for academic affairs. He was also a special assistant to the president at Chattanooga State from 2001-2006.

Chason also worked in the athletic department at Chattanooga State, serving as athletic director from 1986 to 1987 and coaching basketball and baseball teams.

He has a doctorate in physical education from Middle Tennessee State University, a master’s degree in sociology and a bachelor’s degree in sociology and pre-medicine, both from ETSU.

Chason lives in Newport.

Rosemary Jackson, Ed.D., joined the WSCC staff in 1980 and serves as vice president for business affairs.

This division of the college forms policies, develops operating procedures, establishes reporting methods, and coordinates day-to-day operations for the functions of several WSCC divisions, including budgeting and business services, to meet appropriate requirements.

Jackson is both a certified public accountant and a certified internal auditor. Jackson has served the college in many roles—information research technician, accountant, purchasing agent, internal auditor and director of budgeting and business services. She was named to her current post in 2005.

She has a doctorate in education from ETSU and also holds a master’s degree in accounting and an educational specialist degree from ETSU. Her bachelor’s degree is in accounting from Carson-Newman College.

Jackson lives in Morristown.

Debra Scott McCarter, Ph.D., joined the staff of WSCC in 1987 and serves as vice president of planning, research and assessment.

This department provides, manages and improves institution-wide planning, assessment and research systems that address identified institutional needs. It works to achieve the WSCC vision.

McCarter joined WSCC as a contract compliance assistant. She also served as a purchasing agent and an internal auditor before being named to her current position in 2005. She is a certified public accountant and a certified internal auditor.

She is a graduate of WSCC and credits the college with providing a means for her to reach her educational goals. She holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in accounting from ETSU. She received her doctorate in educational leadership and policy analysis from ETSU.

McCarter is a native of Morristown.

Henry Drinnon joined the WSCC staff in 1995 and currently serves as vice president of college advancement and is the former treasurer of the Walters State Foundation.

The division of college advancement acts as WSCC’s organizational unit that assists the president with fundraising, alumni affairs and public information

Drinnon previously served as director of accounting for college advancement and executive director for college advancement. He promoted to his current position in 2005. Drinnon holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Carson-Newman College and a master’s in business administration from the University of North Florida. He lives in the Morristown area.