Friday, June 7, 2013

Meet the New Assistant Vice President

Dr. Michael Torrence officially joined Vol State last week as assistant vice president for Academic Affairs. He’s been busy getting acquainted with the faculty and staff. He needs no introduction to Tennessee. He received his PhD and worked as an English instructor and director of Enrichment Activities at Tennessee Tech in Cookeville. Torrence comes most recently from Lehigh Carbon Community College in Pennsylvania, where he was associate dean of educational support services and associate dean of academics. Prior to Lehigh Carbon, he served as assistant dean of students and as assistant professor of Education at Keystone College, also in Pennsylvania. When asked why he was interested in working at Vol State he told us:

“This position is similar to what I’ve been doing and most importantly it involves distance learning and student support services. I really like the fact that I will be working directly with students. It also doesn’t hurt that I shouldn’t have to shovel snow any longer.”

Dr. Torrence holds a master’s degree and a bachelor’s degree, both in English, from South Dakota State University. He served in the Air Force as a Senior Airman, before attending college. He says that community colleges face many challenges. “Retention and enrollment are always at the tip of everyone’s tongue. The question is: how do you get students from the front door to graduation? It’s everyone’s responsibility to be engaged and involved with students.”

Dr. Torrence replaces Jim Hiett, who retired recently after more than 30 years of service.

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