BC hires new administrators, faculty, grants new status

Published 8:11 am Friday, January 6, 2012


BC Communciations Specialist

Bainbridge College (BC) and Bainbridge College Early County Center (BCEC) in Blakely have welcomed new administrators, full-time faculty and recognized faculty who now have full-time status.

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New to the college’s administration are Dr. Gerald Williams, the director of Advising and Academic Services, and Dr. Akinwumi “Bob” Adebayo, the director of Institutional Effectiveness. Colette Galivan was named director of Administrative Planning/Reporting. She was formerly the coordinator of instructional resources.

New to the Arts and Sciences Division at the Blakely site is Amie Seidman, assistant professor of English.

New to the Allied Health Division on the main campus are Angela Mears and Annie Welch. Mears is an instructor in nursing, and Welch is a temporary instructor of licensed practical nursing.

Lorie Barrow, Sharonda Murphy and Heather Smith are new to the Allied Health Division at BCEC. Both Barrow and Smith are instructors of licensed practical nursing, and Murphy is an instructor of medical assisting.

Dr. Harry Bruno is now a full-time assistant professor of criminal justice.

New permanent division chairs are Dr. Michael Kirkland, who was interim chairman of the Arts and Sciences and Learning Support Division; and Dr. Adria Belk, who was interim chair of the Technical Studies Division.

New to the Division of Technical Studies is Denise Parker, instructor of administrative business Technology. Owen Elkins, instructor of electrical/electronic technology, and Beverly Pollock, temporary instructor of communications skills, are now with the college full time.

About BC’s new administrators

As the director of Administrative Planning and Reporting, Colette Galivan is responsible for creating and publishing the master schedule of classes for the entire Bainbridge College campus. As part of creating the schedule of classes each semester, Galivan analyzes enrollment trends and works with department chairs and faculty to predict course needs. In addition to scheduling classes, Galivan assists faculty and staff in reserving classrooms for meetings, write reports for Academic Affairs, and works on initiatives regarding enrollment and retention of students. Galivan started with Bainbridge College more than two years ago, when she was instructional resources coordinator for the science laboratories. Galivan earned a Bachelor of Science in Exercise Physiology at Florida State University in 2005, and a Master of Science in Forensic Drug Chemistry at the University of Florida in 2008. Outside of her regular duties, Galivan teaches an introductory chemistry course at the Bainbridge College Early County site. A resident of Bainbridge, Galivan is involved with the Bainbridge Little Theatre and her church, Evangel Temple Assembly of God.

Dr. Gerald Williams is the director of Advising and Academic Services, a role he assumed in June. In this capacity, he administers advising, orientation and other academic functions. Williams has more than 15 years of higher education experience. Before coming to Bainbridge College, Williams served as director of Student Support and Residence Life at Thomas University and assistant director of Student Life at Valdosta State University. Additionally, he has served as an adjunct instructor, secured a number of small and large grants, is a certified tutor, and presented at regional and national conferences. He holds a Bachelor of Arts, Master of Public Administration, Master of Education and Doctorate of Higher Education Administration.

Dr. Akinwumi “Bob” Adebayo of Bainbridge earned a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from the University of Lethbridge in Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada; a Master of Arts in Sociology from the University of West Georgia in Carrollton, Ga., and a Ph.D. in Demography from Kansas State University in Manhattan, Kan. Adebayo is responsible for demonstrating how well Bainbridge College succeeds in accomplishing its mission and meeting its goals. He also evaluates student learning outcomes and other areas of the college’s effectiveness. Prior to coming to Bainbridge College, Adebayo was director of institutional research and planning at the University of Central Missouri in Warrensburg, Mo.; director of institutional effectiveness and accountability at Gwinnett Technical College in Lawrenceville, Ga.; director of institutional research and assessment at Ohio State University in Newark, Ohio; manager of institutional research and accountability at Potash College in Lac La Biche in Alberta, Canada, and social survey manager with the Population Research Laboratory the University of Alberta in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.

Along with serving as chairman of the Division of Arts and Science, the Division of Learning Support and the director of the Honors Program at Bainbridge College, Dr. Michael Kirkland is an associate professor of history. He started with Bainbridge College in 2001 as an adjunct instructor of history, then became an instructor of history, assistant professor of history and as interim vice president of Student Affairs from 2007-2008. Kirkland earned a Bachelor of Arts in history from the University of Georgia, a Master of Arts in History from Valdosta State University and a Ph.D. in humanities from Florida State University.

Originally from Columbia, S.C., Dr. Adria Belk earned a bachelor’s degree in English from the University of South Carolina, and then earned both master’s and doctoral degrees in Higher Education from Florida State University. Belk has worked in higher education since 2000, when she began her professional career at Florida State University. In 2005, Belk became the director of instruction in the Division of Technical Studies at Bainbridge College. She worked in that position until this year, when she became chair of the Division of Technical Studies.