JCJC Names New VP of Instructional Affairs

ELLISVILLE, MS (JONES COUNTY JUNIOR COLLEGE) - Jones County Junior College has chosen Dr. Laverne Ulmer as Vice President of Instructional Affairs effective July 1, 2010.  Ulmer is a familiar face among faculty, staff, and students.  She has served the college in various capacities since 1985.

Ulmer is the college's current Director of Institutional Effectiveness and Planning.  She is also the SACS Liaison for the college, which is the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools that reaffirms and accredits colleges.

Ulmer plans to fully utilize her classroom knowledge and administration experience in her new leadership role at the college.

"In my years at Jones, I have had the unique opportunity of serving as an instructor in both Career Tech and Academics, as well as working with faculty, staff, and administration to assure that we adhere to all the standards that allow us to remain regionally accredited," said Ulmer.

JCJC President Dr. Jesse Smith believes Ulmer possesses the right qualities to lead the college's Office of Instructional Affairs.  "Dr. Ulmer is a tremendous asset to Jones.  Her many years of classroom instruction give her excellent perspective when working with our faculty.  She's a true professional, and her attention to detail is remarkable. I am very pleased that she is part of our Jones leadership team," said Smith.

"Individuals are coming to us in record numbers. Enrollment is at an all-time high.  As we continue to expand our services and facilities, Dr. Ulmer and her team of qualified professionals will ensure we are successful," Smith added.

The Office of Instructional Affairs includes deans that lead specific divisions for the college: Dr. Shannon Campbell serves as Academic Dean and as Dean of the Advanced Technology Center and Industrial Services; Candace Weaver is the Dean of Business and Technology, Associate Degree Nursing, and Health Services; and Jim Walley is the Dean of Agricultural Services.

"The Instructional Affairs team, along with one of the most qualified faculty in the state, has a plethora of educational and industrial experiences that will allow Jones to provide the very best education for its students. I look forward to working with the administration, staff, and faculty, as we continue to engage our students and inspire them to attain their educational goals," said Ulmer.

Previously, Ulmer chaired the Academic Business Division at Jones for 21 years.  During that time, she served on numerous committees and councils for the college including the SACS Leadership Team and Chair of the Student Affairs Committee.

Dr. Ulmer is a Jones Alumnus having earned an A.A. degree in Business Administration.  She received a Bachelor of Science in Business Education from the University of Southern Mississippi, and attended William Carey University where she was awarded a Master of Education in Business.  Ulmer completed her doctoral work at the University of Southern Mississippi receiving a Ph.D. in Higher Education Administration.

In addition to her educational achievements, Dr. Ulmer has numerous professional honors including: Mississippi's 50 Leading Business Women, Who's Who in Mississippi for Educators, ACBSP Region III Teaching Excellence Award, JCJC Teaching Excellence Award, Delta Pi Epsilon Outstanding Business Educator Award, HEADWAE Instructor of the Year, and charter member of Lamplighters, a faculty group selected for excellence in teaching.

Dr. Laverne Ulmer is a resident of Wayne County where she resides with her husband, Wendell Ulmer.

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