SCCPA Nominations and Elections for 2021
Consider joining SCCPA Leadership in 2021! Holding an office on our board is an opportunity to be actively involved in the current and future direction of our organization and student affairs across the state of SC. If you are someone who enjoys bringing student affairs professionals together to gain knowledge and expertise from each other, this is the position for you!
Nominations for 2021 elected and appointed board positions are now closed. SCCPA elections will take place November 9th – 23rd. All members will receive a link to the ballot via email. Results will be announced by December 1st.
**Special Election set for November 30th – December 14th**
Candidate for Director of Membership Development
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Candidates for Elected Positions for 2021
President-Elect (3-year commitment, 2021-2023)
The President-Elect is an elected position within the South Carolina College Personnel Association (SCCPA) board and currently serves as part of the Presidential Trio. The main goal for this position is to provide support and oversight to SCCPA’s professional development initiatives and support the President and Past-President in advancing their organizational goals. This position begins a three-year President cycle: Year 1 (2021) – President Elect; Year 2 (2022) – President; Year 3 (2023) – Past President.
Molly Jean Callahan currently serves as Student Support Coordinator and Office Manager in the Office of the Dean of Students at the College of Charleston. Through SCCPA, her experiences have included service on the SCCPA 2018 Drive-In Conference Committee, Co-Chair of the SCCPA 50th Anniversary Conference, and currently, as Director of Administrative Operations for SCCPA. She is proud and grateful to have been raised and educated by South Carolina public schools from Dorchester District Two to the University of South Carolina to Clemson University. Molly holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from the University of South Carolina and a Master of Education degree in Counselor Education (Student Affairs) from Clemson University.
“I consider SCCPA to be my professional home and I would love the opportunity to serve this organization in a new capacity with greater responsibility. With SCCPA’s new strategic plan, I hope to help grow SCCPA’s membership and continue to provide low-cost, impactful professional development experiences for colleagues across the state. Now more than ever, we are being asked to “do more with less” and I believe in SCCPA’s ability to provide networks of support to all higher education professionals in our state as well as space for innovation around how to enact change in our spheres of influence. I feel a great sense of pride and ownership for all the work that I do and would be honored to serve as your next President-Elect.”
Director of Marketing & Communications (2-year commitment, 2021-2022)
The Director of Marketing & Communications is an elected position within the South Carolina College Personnel Association (SCCPA) board and currently reports to the President of the organization. The main goal for this position is to provide support to the SCCPA board in matters relating to marketing and communications by giving oversight to branding, organization-wide messaging, social media engagement, and website management. The person in this role assists the board of SCCPA by intentionally communicating the mission and vision of the organization, maintaining updated versions of printed and digital marketing materials, and overseeing the overall enhancement of the various communication channels.
Beth D. Solomon, Ph.D. works at Furman University as the Associate Director for Special Projects, Student Success. She has been at Furman University since October 2019. Prior to working at Furman, Beth completed her Ph.D. at Clemson University while working as a Graduate Assistant and a Graduate Teaching Assistant, and in Athletic Academic Support. Previously, Beth worked in Residence Life at Merrimack College (North Andover, MA), and at College of the Holy Cross (Worcester, MA). Beth completed her M.Ed. in Higher Education Student Affairs at Salem State University (Salem, MA), and her B.A. at Union College (Schenectady, NY). Beth previously served as the SCCPA Development Chair, and has presented at SCCPA/SACSA regional conferences. She is excited about running for the Director of Marketing and Communications position to increase her involvement in SCCPA – an organization that welcomed her when she relocated from Massachusetts. Beth hopes to increase communications and knowledge about SCCPA throughout South Carolina with her involvement in this position.
Director of Membership Development (2-year commitment, 2021-2022)
The Director of Membership Development is one of the front-line members of the organization. The primary role for this position is to connect with constituents across the state of South Carolina and to build a membership strategy that increases our membership numbers and retention in accordance with ACPA’s and SCCPA’s Strategic Plans. The Director of Membership Development shall work with appointed board committee members to create meaningful membership and professional development experiences that enhance the profession and learning of SCCPA members.
**Special Election set for November 30th – December 14th**
Rachel Hill is the Executive Director of Academic Success at Limestone University. Rachel has worked in higher education for over 10 years and actively participates in several professional organizations, as well as serving on the Staff Council at Limestone. Rachel presented at the Spring 2018 Drive-in and has attended multiple events with the organization. She is excited to serve and grow with SCCPA as Director of Membership Development, working with constituents across the state, and sharing with others the value, support, and opportunities that SCCPA provides.
Rachel earned her BA in Modern Languages from Winthrop University and her MA in Latin American Studies (focus in Education & Technology) from UNC-Charlotte. Originally from the great state of New York, Rachel has lived in the Carolinas for over 20 years and is proud to call South Carolina home.
Qualifications for Elected Position Candidates
Each elected officer shall be a current member in good standing of SCCPA in order to run for office. Nominees for President-Elect must have held an elected or appointed position on the SCCPA executive board within three years of being nominated, or held an elected or appointed position for ACPA, or held an elected position within a recognized student affairs organization.
Available Appointed Positions for 2021
SCCPA has multiple appointed positions that are also available. Selectees must be members of SCCPA or have the intent to join SCCPA immediately if appointed. Candidates for appointed positions will be contacted by the SCCPA President or designee to discuss and interview for the position. To nominate yourself or others for an available appointed position, contact Tim Jared, SCCPA Past-President, [email protected]
Diversity & Inclusion Chair (1-year commitment w/ option to continue)
The Diversity & Inclusion Chair is an appointed position within the South Carolina College Personnel Association (SCCPA) board and currently reports to the President-Elect of the organization. The main goal for this position is to provide support and guidance to the SCCPA board through educational programs and initiatives, and strategic partnerships with constituents across the state. The person in this role advises the board of SCCPA on matters related to historically minoritized populations in higher education, to ensure the organization is meeting the needs of a diverse membership pool.
2021 Fall Drive-In Conference Chair (1-year commitment)
With strong support from the leadership team, the fall conference chair will lead a planning committee and coordinate all aspects of the fall 2021 conference. The chair will be responsible for coordinating and documenting all logistics of the conference and will report to the SCCPA board regularly throughout the planning process. The successful candidate should begin duties immediately after acceptance and remain until all post conference details are completed. It is preferred, but not required, that this individual has attended or served on a committee for a previous SCCPA conference or event.