Message from Dr. Rose H. Johnson
The start of a new academic year also means new faces and new responsibilities at Haywood Community College. Several employees have changed from part-time to full-time status while a few have changed their roles for the school.
John Matchulat is a new full-time instructor at HCC. He teaches Criminal Justice Huskins students. In the past, John worked as an international Police trainer to the Lebanese Police Force in Lebanon through the Department of State. He retired after 25 years of service as a State Trooper for the Michigan State Police and worked for four years as a police officer for Detroit, Michigan.
He is also no stranger to the classroom, having taught at both AB Technical Community College and Southwestern Community College. John lives in Asheville.
New full-time Spanish instructor Chris Bond has worked part-time at the college for the last three semesters. He has taught at both two year and four year schools for more than eight years, five of which has been in North Carolina. He says he enjoys teaching at a community college because it allows him to get to know students better. One of the things Chris hopes his students learn from him besides being able to speak some Spanish is to understand and appreciate other cultures.
“One of the things I like most about HCC is because the sense of community here is far more developed than other colleges I have worked at.”
Chris enjoys travelling, gardening, painting, and pottery. He is in a band called Sirius.B. He also enjoys unicycling. He and his wife are expecting a baby in early September.
Cosmetic Arts instructors Denise Finger and Sandra Laney both became full-time. Tina Brown, Switchboard/Events Coordinator became full-time and added the responsibility of Small Business Department Assistant to her job description. Kathy Brooks will now work only with Business and Entrepreneurship and Academic Development. Pam Davis left her post as Haywood Early College History and Civics instructor to become a Developmental Reading/English Instructor.
Buddy Tignor became the Interim Chief Academic Officer and John Sherman stepped into his role as Interim Natural Resources Department Chair. Patricia Smith is now the Interim Coordinator of Adult Education. She was a Business Administration instructor.
HCC welcomes each of these employees whether they are brand new to the college or just changing their responsibilities. Next time you see one of these “new” employees, make them feel at home.
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