Two Wayne Community College faculty members have been honored with the college’s 17th set of “Distinguished Chair” awards.
Dr. Brandon Jenkins, Arts and Sciences Division dean, and Bill Reboli, psychology instructor, received monetary awards to use for travel and trophies.
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.
“It is our pleasure to shine a light on the outstanding work being done at Wayne Community College,” said Foundation Executive Director Adrienne Northington.
In addition to teaching, Reboli serves as the advisor to the student Multicultural Club and chairs the college’s Cultural Diversity/Global Education Task Force.
“In the five years that this award winner has been a member of our faculty, he has proven that a former student has a special ability to connect with students,” said College President Thomas A. Walker Jr. “Students regularly comment on his prowess in teaching, general positive attitude, and how much he cares for both the subject he teaches and his students’ success.”
Walker said that Jenkins, “is described as valuing honesty and integrity, being caring and compassionate, having a vision for excellence, and being a patient and attentive listener, fair judge, a father-like figure for students and a respected leader of faculty and staff.”
Jenkins started at WCC as a sociology instructor, moved into the position of chair of the Humanities, Social Services and Fine Arts Department, and now is the dean of his division. “When our Honors Program was instituted, he found great pride and satisfaction in instilling leadership skills in its students,” said Walker.
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, 2015 – Katina Davis and Glenn Royster, 2016 – Paul Compton and Duane Everhart, 2017 – Angie Waller and Daniel Rollins, 2018 – Dr. Ernie White and Jennifer Johnson, 2019 – Billy Tart and LaRose Brock.
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.