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Faw becomes BPC's dean of External Programs
By Terry Gaston
BPC Public Relations
Bill Faw has worn many hats since he joined the Brewton-Parker College faculty
in 1995, from teaching psychology and serving as division chair to being the
college's national accreditation liaison.
Such positions have involved Faw's participation
in the college’s External Programs, and he begins the spring semester
as the Dean of the six off-campus sites.
"I am very pleased to announce that Dr. Bill
Faw has accepted the position of dean of External Programs," said Brad
Kissell, Brewton-Parker's executive dean for Enrollment Services who
has supervised the division since Dr. William Denni moved from External Programs
to become the college's director of Learning Assistance during the spring
"He brings a wealth of academic experience
and institutional understanding that will significantly strengthen our non-traditional
Faw will assume his deanship while he teaches two psychology courses on campus and two at Brewton-Parker’s Liberty County Campus in Hinesville. Afterward, his class load will be reduced to one class with plans for a new full-time professor of psychology to begin in the fall semester.
"I can really hit the ground running because
I know some of the sites and I have probably approved 30 adjunct professors
in my division," Faw said.
Brewton-Parker's external campuses are in Baxley,
Glennville, Liberty County, Newnan, Norman Park and Savannah.
The door opened for Faw to take the External Programs deanship after he relinquished his chairmanship of the Social and Behavioral Sciences Division last summer in order to secure the return of Dr. Lee Cheek to Brewton-Parker to teach political science.
"I was approached about this situation because
it was thought I would be a good fit," said Faw, who will teach his 11th
and 12th off-campus classes this spring during a seven-year period. He has
taught at both Liberty County and the college's former site in Jesup.
Faw joined the Division of Social and Behavioral
Sciences in 1995 as an associate professor of psychology, and in 2002 was granted
full professor status and tenure and also became the division's chair.
In 2001, Faw became the college's director of
assessment and also directed the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools'
(SACS) Commission on Colleges visit to Brewton-Parker. The following year,
the duties as accreditation liaison between the college and SACS, a position
that gave him more exposure to the External Programs Division.
As director of assessment in 2002, Faw worked
extensively on the Strategic Plan for External Programs, which were going through
a transition time from Brewton-Parker's former Evening College.
He also has been involved in the planning of new off-campus sites and their SACS accreditation processes and chaired an ad hoc committee in establishing the observation and evaluation of off-campus adjunct faculty.
Faw was planning to retire on a full-time basis following the spring 2007 semester but said he is prepared to make a three- to five-year commitment to building a strong External Programs Division for numerous reasons.
"The factor that ultimately helped me to
decide to seek the position was it became clear to me that the next three years
are crucial in laying the paper trail for SACS reaccreditation in 2011, which
begins with the on-campus visit in 2008," Faw said.
"The off-campus programs are the most vulnerable
to SACS scrutiny, and I felt I could be helpful in planning the assessment
in ensuring that the quality of education is equal to that taught on campus,
and in growing through our cohort (degree-completion) elements. So I want to
see growth in quantity and quality."
Dr. David R. Smith, Brewton-Parker’s president,
calls Faw "a hero to Brewton-Parker College."
"He stands up for what he believes and crusades
for his understanding of that which is right," Smith continued. "Christian
institutions revere that kind of intellectual and moral integrity. Although
he and I have worked closely for the past seven years, this new assignment
will create an even stronger working relationship. I look forward to that. Dr.
Faw will bring scholarship, keen insight and a well developed work ethic to
his new responsibilities."
Faw was born in Nigeria, the son of missionary parents, but spent his school-age years in Chicago. He first studied to enter the ministry, graduating from Manchester College in Indiana., during which time he spent his junior year at International Christian University in Japan.
He earned a master of divinity degree from the Divinity School of Harvard University and served full time in the pastoral ministry for 24 years in the Chicago area, Los Angeles and Virginia.
Faw began his pursuit of psychology degrees at Virginia Commonwealth University, from where he earned masters and doctorate degrees. While pursuing his doctorate, Faw also served a bi-vocational pastorate and taught at Randolph-Macon College in Ashland, Va.
Faw has also served at College Hill Baptist Church in Mount Vernon in a bi-vocational role. He was an assistant professor at St. Andrews Presbyterian College in Laurinburg, N.C., for five years prior to his arrival at Brewton-Parker.
Faw and his wife of nearly 44 years, Martha, live in Vidalia and have traveled the world, making stops on all seven continents that included trips to Antarctica in 2002 and China in 2004. Most recently, they spent a holiday vacation to the Caribbean islands of Trinidad and Tobago.