By CCW Staff  /  
2009 June 2 - 12:00 am



William S. Rodner, a Tidewater Community College history professor, has been named the chancellor’s commonwealth professor for 2009-2111. He is one of three chosen from the state’s 23 community colleges. A program of the Virginia Community College System since 1989, this professorship gives time and monetary compensation to faculty for the purpose of scholarly study in their area of expertise, enabling them to bring a new wealth of knowledge to the classroom. The award acknowledges teaching excellence in the VCCS, while advancing the art of instruction. Rodner will work with Lorraine M. Lees, a history professor at Old Dominion University, to research the reminiscences compiled by the Columbia University Oral History Project in the 1950s. He also will use the material for a new TCC course on 20th century global history. Rodner holds a Ph.D. in history/art history from The Pennsylvania State University.

Mary G. Locke, vice president/provost of instructional services at Indian River State College, was recently recognized with the national 2009 Administrator Award of Distinction from the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society. The award was presented to Locke at the Phi Theta Kappa National Conference for consistently demonstrating exceptional support of Indian River students and their active involvement in the Nu Iota Chapter of the honor society. The award recognizes college administrators throughout the nation for outstanding effectiveness in encouraging student scholarship, achievement, leadership and community service through participation in Phi Theta Kappa. A 27-year employee of the college, Locke has previously served in a variety of positions, including executive director of the Indian River State College Foundation, dean of institutional advancement and executive assistant to the president.  Promoted to vice president of instructional services in 2000, she serves as provost of the Indian River State College main campus and oversees the college’s four branch campuses, baccalaureate programs, educational and student support services, enrollment management, marketing and public relations functions. An alumna of the college, Locke earned a bachelor’s degree, master’s degree in public administration, and Ph.D in educational leadership from Florida Atlantic University.

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