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BCC announces hiring of new faculty and staff members


Source Date: August 7, 2012



A number of new faces will be among the faculty and staff at Bladen Community College when the fall semester begins on August 15. Seven new faculty members have been hired to date and one staff member has been promoted to a management position.
Bladen County native Elsie Blackwell, the newest full-time cosmetology instructor, is not new to BCC. She has taught either part-time or full-time at the college at various times over the past 20 years. Before being selected for her current position, she was working as a part-time instructor, a position she accepted two years ago.
In addition to working at the college, she has owned salons for the past 25 years and for the past nine years has owned one in Tar Heel. She is also co-owner of Eastland Rest Home, also in the Tar Heel area. She holds an Associate of Arts in General Education and Cosmetology from Bladen Community College. In her spare time she enjoys horseback riding and is a club member of Triple B. Ranch. She and her husband, Bowen, reside in Tar Heel and have a grown daughter. Bruce Blansett, a native of western Virginia, is one of two new English instructors at BCC. A graduate of Clintwood High School in Clintwood, Virginia, Blansett holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of Virginia – Wise and a Master of Arts in English from Virginia Tech. While completing his graduate degree at Virginia Tech, he worked as a graduate teaching assistant. In his spare time Blansett enjoys reading, going to the movies, swimming and writing. The other new English instructor, Pender County native Cle Cousins, worked nearly 20 years as a journalist for various newspapers and television stations in the Southeast prior to entering the teaching profession. Prior to coming to BCC, she taught English at Methodist University. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in Communications from East Carolina University and a Master of Arts in English, also from East Carolina. In her spare time she enjoys reading, shopping, and watching news magazine shows on TV. She and her husband, William, make their home in Fayetteville. Lucy Maynor Lowry, a native and resident of Robeson County, is the new accounting instructor at BCC. She is a Certified Public Accountant and has for a number of years operated a public accounting firm in Pembroke, where she served small business clients and did income tax and financial statement preparation. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Accounting and a Master of Business Administration from University of North Carolina – Pembroke. She has a Graduate Certificate in Accounting from the University of Maryland. In her spare time, Lowry enjoys singing in the choir at Trinity Episcopal Church. Dr. Andrea Miles, a native of California, is the newest biology instructor at BCC. She has an extensive background in both teaching and veterinary medicine, with a specialty in poultry science. She worked as an adjunct instructor at both Central Carolina Community College and Campbell University for two years before coming to BCC. Prior to that, she worked for five years training veterinarians and technicians in Africa, Eastern Europe and the Middle East in avian influenza preparedness and response. She completed Bachelor of Science degrees in Science Education and Zoology, both from University of Maryland at College Park. She holds a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) from Virginia Tech and completed a Poultry Science Internship at North Carolina State University, College of Veterinary Medicine. She also holds a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) from University of Delaware. In her spare time she enjoys kayaking, sailing, swimming, gardening and playing with her “beautiful cocker spaniel, Lilly.” Robeson County native and resident Richard Watson is BCC’s new psychology and sociology instructor. Prior to coming to BCC, he worked at Richmond Community College for 14 years as a Workforce and Economic Development instructor and adjunct psychology instructor. A graduate of South Robeson High School, he completed his bachelor’s degree from University of North Carolina – Pembroke in 1998 and Master of Education from Troy University in 2006. In his spare time, Watson enjoys the piano and trumpet and playing tennis. He has a five-year-old son, Zachary. Ricky Yandle, the newest full-time welding instructor, is also not new to the college. He has taught part-time for several years and also as an adjunct welding instructor at Fayetteville Technical Community College. He has been a welder for 25 years, primarily working in the construction industry. A 1982 graduate of Bladenboro High School, Yandle completed his Associate’s in Welding at Bladen Community College in 2004. He holds three IWS welding certifications. In his spare time he enjoys hunting and golfing. He has two grown sons and makes his home in Bladen County. Bladen County native Cassie Campbell is the new Book Store manager at BCC. All of her work experience has been in the retail industry. While a sixteen-year-old student at East Bladen High School, she began working at a supermarket where she worked in virtually every capacity in the store except manager over the next four years. While a student at Bladen Community College, she accepted a part-time position working in the BCC Book Store. She was hired full-time one year later after completing her associate degree. Over the next three years she worked in every capacity in the Book Store and Print Shop. Upon the retirement of the previous manager on June 30, 2012, she applied for the management position. She was hired effective August 1. In addition to earning an associate degree from BCC, she completed a bachelor’s degree from Fayetteville State University in 2011. She and her husband, Adam, have a two-year-old daughter, Madison, and make their home in Clarkton.

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