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Brewton-Parker Welcomes 12 New Faculty for
Four of Brewton-Parker College’s 12 new faculty for 2005-06 have served
the college in previous capacities, while three other first-year faculty bring
international experiences in their areas of expertise, announced Dr. T. Ronald
Melton, the college’s provost.
The list of new faculty includes two new division chairs, Dr. H. Lee Cheek
and Dr. Dean Williamson, both of whom have previously served at Brewton-Parker.
Cheek, who was in Brewton’s Parker’s
Division of Social and Behavior Science from 1997-2000, returns as a professor
of political science and chair
in the division. During his previous tenure at Brewton-Parker, Cheek was acting
division chair, part-time institutional research and director of the Southern
Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) reaccredidation self-study.
Cheek is the author of several books and
has presented numerous scholarly papers. He also is an ordained minister
who has served as a military chaplain.
Cheek’s education includes a doctorate from Catholic University in Washington,
D.C., master’s degrees from Duke University in Durham, N.C., and Western
Carolina University and a bachelor’s degree from Western Carolina.
Williamson enters his seventh year at Brewton-Parker, his first as chair of
the Business Division and associated professor of business. He also will retain
his duties as executive director for planning and institutional research on
a part-time time basis. Williamson began at Brewton-Parker as director of public
relations in 1999 until he moved into planning and institutional research in
Williamson has considerable experience in
journalism and has taught both journalism and leadership courses at Brewton-Parker.
He has a doctorate degree from Regent
University in Virginia Beach, Va., a master’s degree at Wayland Baptist
University in Plainview, Texas, and a bachelor’s degree from Sul Ross
State University in Alpine, Texas.
The Division of Education begins the year with an interim chair in Dr. Bowman
Barr, who retired in 2003 as professor and director of Professional Lab Experiences
after 15 years on the Brewton-Parker faculty.
Mark Stokes, a 2003 graduate of Brewton-Parker,
has been hired as an instructor of drama in the Division of Arts and Letters.
Stokes was an adjunct instructor
in 2004-05 and was the class instructor and the assistant director and stage
manager of the spring musical production of “Into the Woods.”
Stokes has performed in, written and directed plays at Brewton-Parker and
worked as a journalist. He is completing a screenplay in connection with the
completion of his master of fine arts degree from Hollins University in Roanoke,
Dr. Thomas Brucie also joins the Division
of Arts and Letters as an assistant professor of English and creative writing.
He has taught at Binghamton (N.Y.)
University, from where he earned his doctorate; the University of Scranton
(Pa.); and the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, from where he received
his master’s degree.
Brucie, whose bachelor’s degree is
from Hobart College in University in Geneva, N.Y., has published a number
of stories and poems.
Valerie Kasay joins the Division of Business as an assistant professor of
business information systems. She has taught at Georgia Southern University,
from where she has a master of business administration degree, along with Altamaha
Technical College in Jesup and Southeastern Technical College in Vidalia. She
also has served in numerous positions in business and industry.
Kasay is pursuing another master of business
administration degree from Georgia College, and her bachelor’s degree
is from the University of Miami in Coral Gables, Fla.
Dr. Juan Pablo Stegmann, who has degrees
from Warsaw University in Poland and taught and worked in Argentina, has
been named an associate professor of
business for Brewton-Parker’s external programs in Liberty County and
Stegmann has taught at the University of
North Florida and at universities in Argentina. He has considerable experience
in business and industry in Argentina.
Steggmann’s doctoral and master’s degrees are both from Warsaw
Dr. Ben Caston is one of three new faculty
members expected in the Division of Music. Caston, an assistant professor
of voice, has taught at New Orleans
Baptist Theological Seminary, from where he received doctorate and master’s
degrees. He also has served as minister of music at several Baptist churches
and performed widely.
Caston’s education also includes a bachelor’s
degree from William Carey College in Hattiesburg, Miss., and an associate
degree from Southwest
Mississippi Community College.
Stephanie Fort joins the music faculty as
an assistant professor of voice. She received her master of arts degree from
Pennsylvania State University and
was a private voice teacher and worked in churches in State College, Pa. Fort’s
bachelor of music degree is from Hardin-Simmons University in Abilene, Texas.
Dr. Armenio Suzano Jr. is a new associate
professor of music who will direct instrumental activities. A native of Brazil,
Suzano’s specialty is the
clarinet, and he comes to Brewton-Parker from Indiana Wesleyan University and
has worked extensively in churches.
Suzano’s doctor of musical arts degree
is from the university if Michigan and his master of music degree is from
Northwestern University in Evanston,
Ill. He received his bachelor of music from Stephen F. Austin University in
Dr. Winnifred Whittaker, a native of Jamaica, joins the Social and Behavioral
Science Division as an assistant professor of sociology and human services.
She has taught at Saint Leo University near Tampa, Fla., and also has been
employed as a therapist and program specialist by medical and educational institutions.
Whittaker has a doctorate degree from Argosy University in Sarasota, Fla.,
with master of business administration and bachelor of social work degrees
from Saint Leo and a master of social work degree from the University of Central
A new assistant professor of Christianity is expected to join the Brewton-Parker
faculty in January for the spring 2006 semester. Bryan Cribb is completing
his doctorate at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Ky.,
and is expected to graduate in December.
Cribb is the editor of Towers, the campus
newspaper of Southern Seminary, and has served in church positions in Louisville.
He has a master of divinity
degree from Southern Seminary and has two bachelor’s degrees, one in
math and another in political science, from Furman University in Greenville,
“We are impressed with the credentials with the faculty we are adding
this year,” Provost Melton said. “They bring an interesting dynamic
to the institution, with a good mix of people from diverse backgrounds that
will enrich the campus. We look forward to them joining the BPC family.”