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July 5, 2017

ESCC Presidential Search Underway

Enterprise State Community College (ESCC) is excited to announce that a search for a permanent president for the institution is underway.  ESCC has been without a permanent president for more than three years.  During that time the College has had two interim presidents, Dr. Cynthia Anthony, who is now the interim president of Shelton State Community College, and Dr. Vicky Ohlson, the current interim president at ESCC.  Dr. Ohlson says that she is pleased to see the Alabama Community College System (ACCS) is moving to fill the vacancy because a permanent president lends stability and credibility to an institution and is more likely to garner community support than an interim.  Dr. Ohlson has indicated that she will not be applying for the position, but instead will return to work at the ACCS System Office in Montgomery, where she served as Director of Academic Affairs before her appointment to ESCC.  When questioned about her time at ESCC and about the future of the College, Dr. Ohlson replied “Being the interim president of ESCC was an unexpected opportunity and has been an extremely rewarding experience for me, both professionally and personally.  I have learned so much and grown to love the faculty and staff of the College.  I have also made many close friends in the community whom I will miss seeing regularly.  But I will visit at every chance, and will be an ardent supporter and advocate for the College at the State level back in Montgomery.   I know that Chancellor Jimmy Baker and the Board of Trustees are conducting an extensive search for the right person to lead Enterprise State, and I am confident that they will select someone with the right skill-set, a vision for the College’s future, and a heart for the communities that it serves.” Persons who are interested in the job of president at ESCC can obtain application information from the Office of Human Resources at the Alabama Community College System at 334-293-4554 and must apply by July 10, 2017.

Remembering Dr. Joseph Herod, Jr.

Dr. Joseph Wheeler Herod Jr. of Enterprise died Saturday, May 27, 2017 at age 81.  Dr. Herod loved ESCC and was committed to making our college great.  He served faithfully on the ESCC Foundation Board for more than 34 years.

Dr. Herod was born in Selma, AL.  He received a B. S. Degree from the University of Alabama, and an M. D. Degree from the Medical College of Alabama (now UAB).  After medical school, he completed an internship at Brooke Army Hospital, San Antonio, TX.  He then served two years as a US Army physician in Heilbronn, Germany.  Following his military service, he was a General Practice resident at Carraway Methodist Medical Center, Birmingham, AL.  He practiced medicine in Enterprise, AL, for 45 years focusing his practice on Pediatrics and Behavioral Medicine.

Dr. Herod was an active member of the community where he served on numerous boards including the E. L. Gibson Foundation, the Enterprise State Community College Foundation, and the Medical Center Enterprise Hospital Board.  At First Baptist Church, Enterprise, he was a Deacon and twice a Deacon Chairman.

Dr. Herod was married to Sue Stokes Herod.  They had two sons, two daughters and 10 grandchildren.

Cerebral Weevils Look To Reload After Historic Season

The Cerebral Weevils, ESCC’s scholars bowl team, are in the process of recruiting new members for the upcoming year after capping off an unprecedented tournament run earlier this spring. The 2016-17 group placed second in the sectional tournament in Birmingham in January, before traveling to Minneapolis, MN, for the NAQT Community College Championship Tournament – the national tournament for all two-year colleges from around the country.

After a grueling two days of competition in Minneapolis, the Weevils placed fourth in the nation with a record of 8-4. The fourth place finish earned the team an invitation to the ICT, a four-year college championship in Chicago, IL, where they competed against teams such as Vanderbilt, Harvard, Columbia, NYC, Chicago, Duke, and others.

Boll Weevil Biographies: Dr. Chip Quisenberry

Dr. Quisenberry is a 1974 graduate of Enterprise State, where he has worked for the past 33 years. He currently serves as the College’s Director of Financial Aid  and was also recently selected as ESCC’s 2017 Alumnus of the Year.

Were you involved in any student organizations, clubs, or athletics at Enterprise State?

I grew up singing in youth choir and church, so it was natural for me to get involved in the College Singers.  Much like the Entertainers today, we performed around the Wiregrass and were unofficial ambassadors for the College. We had a wonderful time rehearsing and performing, and were a tight-knit group.

Who has had the biggest impact on your career?

There have been so many.  Dr. Joe Talmadge hired me in 1984 and continues to mentor me today.  Dr. David Chalker was also a great boss, mentor, and leader whose door was always open, which is something I have tried to emulate.  Dr. Tim Alford is an accomplished yet unassuming leader who has the gift of inspiring others to pull together to do great things.  Mrs. Robin Wyatt showed me that challenging students to meet high standards was not punishment, but instead set them up for success in life.  Dr. Kevin Ammons is a dear friend and valued ESCC administrator who puts his all into everything he does.  I continue to be amazed at our faculty and the passion they have for teaching their students. So many great ones are no longer here, but the legacy of our original faculty lives on in the efforts of Dr. Ken Thomas, Mrs. Kathy Pattie, Mr. Sam Covington, and the rest of the ESCC faculty.

What are some things you wish the community knew about ESCC?

I wish more people knew:

  • our cost of attendance here is less than half of what a four-year school costs,
  • instruction here is just as good, if not better than instruction at a four-year school, due to smaller class sizes and instructor availability, and
  • how much our faculty, staff, and administrators truly care about the success of our students.

What is your advice for a student considering Enterprise State?

You can’t go wrong at Enterprise State Community College! Here are a few tips that will help ensure your success.

  • Get to know your instructors; they are here because they love to teach!
  • Get involved in campus life; find a club or activity to invest your time in.
  • Go to class. Do your work. Don’t procrastinate.
  • Do the best you can to balance your college life, your work life, and your personal life. Earning your degree will pay huge benefits in the future, but allowing the daily demands of work or your personal life to overpower your desire to earn your degree can prevent you from ever finishing a degree.
  • If you have questions, ask them. It is easy to get help at ESCC!
What would you like to see happen for/at Enterprise State in the future? 
I would like to see:
  • a renewal and rebuilding of the relationships between ESCC and the communities in our service area,
  • an expansion of meaningful career programs which enable students to be gainfully employed upon graduation,
  • an increase in local financial support for the College,
  • a total enrollment in excess of 2,000 students per term in Enterprise and 500 students per term in Ozark,
  • an increase in full-time scholarship support for students,
  • the return of a meaningful on-campus food service,
  • funding for planned renovation of our facilities, and
  • success and recognition for our students, our faculty and staff, and our athletic teams.

Boll Weevil Golf Classic A Huge Success

On July 19th, nine teams of four gathered at Enterprise Country Club to compete in the Boll Weevil Golf Classic, a scramble tournament hosted by the Enterprise State Community College Foundation. The golf tournament was an annual event for many years at ESCC before a ten year hiatus began in 2006. This year’s edition of the Boll Weevil Golf Classic raised over $10,500, which was donated to ESCC Athletics. Enterprise State would like to thank Gold-level sponsors Chick-fil-A, Covington Electric Cooperative, Hammer LGC, Inc., and The Southeast Alabama Gas District, Bronze-level sponsor Joan Newman, and the many hole sponsors, door prize donors, and participants for their support.

Druse Named Adult Education Staff of the Year

Dr. Terri Dunn, Director of Adult Education

Angel Druse was named Adult Education Staff of the Year at the Alabama Association for Public Continuing and Adult Education Summer Conference in Birmingham last week. Angel has worked part-time in Adult Education since 2008 and was hired full-time last year as the program’s Pathways Coordinator/Career Counselor. Recently, she has put together a selection of study plans that are aligned to College and Career Readiness Standards that have been in high demand across the state. We are so proud of her! 





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