Rhodarmer Named HCC Vice President of Academic, Community, and Economic Development

Long-time Haywood Community College instructor and administrator, William F. Rhodarmer, was recently appointed HCC Vice President of Academic, Community, and Economic Development. Rhodarmer served as Assistant Vice President of Academic Services for two years and since last July has been serving as the Interim Vice President of Academic Services.

He received a B.S. in chemistry from UNC Chapel Hill in 1965 and a master’s degree in 2-year college teaching from Western Carolina University in 1990.

Rhodarmer has a long history with the college. As one of the first instructors at the college, he began teaching related studies such as math and English in 1966. He continued as an instructor until 1973 when he left to pursue a career in the private business sector. Over the next 12 years he owned a country grocery store, worked for American Enka, and eventually became the plant manager at A.C. Lawrence Leather Company in Hazelwood. He also worked for HVO as a production manager.

Rhodarmer returned to teaching in 1985 as a part-time instructor and in 1990 began teaching math full-time at the college. Over the years, he gained a reputation for making math easier for students who had struggled with the subject previously. “I love to see the “light turn on” for a student when he (or she) finally understands it,” said Rhodarmer.

Even though, he admits that he will miss the classroom and the close connection with students, Rhodarmer is ready for this new challenge. “We are already making changes to serve the population more effectively. For instance, we have combined the continuing education and curriculum programs under one registration process and are realigning our programs to where similar programs are more closely associated. We are also investigating several new program options.”

Rhodarmer is a Haywood County native; he grew up in the Bethel area. So this mountain area and HCC are both special places to him. “Every morning when I drive onto campus, I am thankful that I get to work in such a place. I was here when HCC started and I hope to be a part of it for many more years to come.”