Four named as Chancellor's Fellows at Troy University

Posted: Wednesday, 19 January 2011

TROY, Ala.—Troy University Chancellor Jack Hawkins, Jr., has announced the selection of four faculty and staff members to participate in the 2011 Chancellor’s Fellows Program.

Selected were: Dr. Deb Gearhart, director of the University’s eCampus; Dr. Denise M. Green, assistant professor and chair of the Department of Human Services, Rehabilitation and Social Work on the Troy Campus; Kimberly Jones, director of institutional research on the Troy Campus; and, Dr. Isabelle Warren, chair of the Department of Education on the University’s Phenix City Campus.

The program is directed by Dr. John Kline, distinguished professor of leadership and director of TROY’s Institute for Leadership Development. Kline, a former university provost and senior executive in the federal government, is uniquely qualified to direct the program — a program Chancellor Hawkins believes will “help selected faculty and staff members move into positions of responsibility, prepared for the task of leading Troy University in the years ahead.”

The fellows were nominated by TROY deans, directors or vice chancellors and selected by the Chancellor to participate in the program. Graduates over the past five years include: Dr. Lance Tatum, dean of the College of Education; Buddy Starling, dean of Admissions, Sohail Agboatwala, associate vice chancellor for business services; Herbert Reeves, dean of student services; Dr. Robin Bynum, associate dean of the College of Education; and Marcus Paramore, director of government relations.

“The Chancellor’s Faculty and Staff Fellowship Program enables qualified full-time faculty and staff to develop increased knowledge and understanding of the programs and operations of Troy University,” Dr. Kline said. “Participants are selected based on their leadership potential and past service to the University.”

The experience spans the spring and summer academic semesters during which the Fellows will have the opportunity to visit other campuses, benefit from briefings and meetings with senior University officials and take part in several field trips and visits with state education officials, business leaders and state government officials, according to Kline.

The fellows recently completed a week of executive leadership and management training and meetings with Chancellor Hawkins, the Senior Vice Chancellors and other university leaders. Throughout the Spring semester, the fellows will meet often to interact with other key university personnel, work on a project, and visit the Phenix City, Dothan and Montgomery campuses and at least one global campus site. Furthermore, each of the fellows will be mentored by one of the four Senior Vice Chancellors.

Biographical Information for Troy University 2011 Chancellor’s Fellows

Dr. Deb Gearhart is the director of eCampus for Troy University. The eCampus provides 22 degree programs online. Dr. Gearhart has worked in the field of distance education for 24 years. She previously served as the founding director of e-education services at Dakota State University in Madison, SD, a post she held for 11 years. Before joining Dakota State, Dr. Gearhart spent 10 years with the Department of Distance Education at Penn State, now Penn State World Campus. She was an associate professor for educational technology at Dakota State University teaching at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. She has co-authored a textbook entitled Designing and Developing Web-Based Instruction and edited another publication titled Cases on Distance Delivery and Learning Outcomes: Emerging Trends and Programs, which was released in December 2009. Dr. Gearhart earned a bachelor’s degree in sociology from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. She earned a master’s degree in adult education with a distance education emphasis and a Master of Public Administration, both from Penn State. Dr. Gearhart completed her doctoral program in education, with a certificate in distance education, from Capella University.

Dr. Denise M. Green is assistant professor and chair of the Departments of Human Services, Rehabilitation and Social Work, director of Social Work, and the director of Bureau of Research, Evaluation, Administration and Development (BREAD) for the College of Health and Human Services. She earned her bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington, her master’s degree in social work from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and her doctorate in social work from the University of Georgia. Dr. Green is an active contributor to her profession both as a licensed practitioner and a published researcher in the field of social work and social sciences. She has lectured and presented her research internationally in Russia, China and England, and locally in Troy University's College of Health and Human Services annual Spring Lecture Series. Dr. Green is a member of the University Research Committee, Pan-Hellenic Council Mediator and University Honors Convocation Committee member. She received an Honorable Discharge and Air Force Longevity Service Award from the United States Air Force. Dr. Green lives in Ariton, with her husband, Thomas.

Kimberly Jones is director of Institutional Research on the Troy Campus. She began her tenure with the University in June 1995, as a statistical clerk, and then was later promoted to coordinator of effectiveness. In her current capacity as director of Institutional Research, her responsibilities include the coordination and submission of University information such as enrollment statistics, credit hour production and degree completions to both federal and state agencies, as well as other constituents both internally and externally. She serves as a member on Troy University’s Institutional Effectiveness Committee. Jones also serves as the certifying officer of information submitted for the University through the Alabama Commission on Higher Education’s Student and Graduate Database efforts and is a member of the Alabama Association for Institutional Research. She received a bachelor’s degree in computer science/business administration from TROY in 1995 and a master’s in counseling and psychology in 1998 from TROY. In her spare time, Jones is also a Targeted Case Manager, a position contracted with the University and the Department of Youth Services (DYS), which allows her to serve as case manager and advocate for the needs of youth who are housed in DYS facilities in both Pike and Henry Counties. Jones is a native of Abbeville, and currently resides in Troy with her husband, Carlos and children, Kennedy and Karah.

Dr. Isabelle Warren is an assistant professor and chair of the Education Department at Troy University’s Phenix City Campus. Dr. Warren holds a bachelor’s degree in secondary political science from Auburn University; a master’s in early childhood education from Columbus State University; an education specialist degree in elementary education from Troy University; and doctorate in youth and childhood studies from Nova Southeastern University. Dr. Warren began her tenure at TROY in June 2006. Her pre-higher education experience was in P-12 public and private school settings for 35 years. She serves on many college and university-wide committees. Dr. Warren serves on the Board of Directors of the Intellectbase International Consortium. In the local community she is a member of the Phenix City Rotary, serves on the Board of Directors for the American Red Cross where she is also a CPR/First Aid Instructor and is a member of many other organizations. Dr. Warren is married to Jack Warren, has two grown children, Jackie and Joe, one son-in-law Andrew, and one grandchild, Catie.

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Troy University Chancellor Jack Hawkins, Jr., recently announced the selection of four TROY employees for the 2011 Chancellor’s Fellows Program. Pictured from left to right are: Dr. John Kline, director of the University’s Institute for Leadership Development and director of the program; fellow Dr. Isabelle Warren, chair of the Department of Education on the University’s Phenix City Campus; fellow Dr. Denise M. Green, assistant professor and chair of the Department of Human Services, Rehabilitation and Social Work on the Troy Campus; Chancellor Hawkins; fellow Dr. Deb Gearhart, director of the University’s eCampus; and Kimberly Jones, director of institutional research on the Troy Campus.