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Employees Recognized at Graduation

An Edgecombe Community College instructor and staff member received special awards from the ECC Foundation at the college’s graduation exercises on May 11.

William “Bud” Speight, program coordinator of collision repair and refinishing, received the 2012 Excellence in Teaching Award. Speight has worked at ECC for 19 years.

“The students describe their instructor as ‘a master in his art, a caring individual, a problem solver, and a professional,’” said Karen Andrus, executive director of the ECC Foundation, in making the presentation.

Active in the life of the college, Speight represented faculty on the original retention committee. “His program has consistently had some of the largest enrollment numbers, and the program also boasts one of the college’s highest retention rates,” Andrus said.

“When asked how he maintains such a strong program, he grins and modestly replies, ‘I just talk to my students, encourage them, and tell them that if they devote themselves to learning, I can teach them and they will be successful.’”

Sheila Hoskins, director of institutional effectiveness, received the 2012 Staff Award. She began her 15-year career at ECC as coordinator of the School to Work program. In 2000, she was promoted to coordinator of cooperative education. She began her current post in 2005.

As director of institutional effectiveness, she was pivotal in the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools reaccreditation process that resulted in the reaffirmation of the college’s accreditation in 2009.

“During this review, she developed, completed, and submitted the important ECC self-study,” Andrus said. “Thanks to her leadership, ECC was reaccredited for another 10 years with no recommendations.”

Hoskins’ coworkers say: “She has wonderful leadership skills, thinks outside of the box, and encourages others to do the same.” “Her helpfulness to colleagues is outstanding, as she works to ensure that programs at the college maximize their potential in serving students.”

The ECC Foundation honored Speight and Hoskins with a $250 check and a plaque.