Clay serves as Interim Dean of External Programs
By Kelley M. Arnold
Interim Director of Marketing
MOUNT VERNON—Sandra Clay, Brewton-Parker College’s International Student Services Director, has taken on an additional role at the college. Clay will lead the Office of External Programs in an interim position, reports Dr. Cindy Skaruppa, vice president for enrollment services.
“We are very thankful to Sandra for her willingness to step up and take over this position. I am confident that under her direction External Programs will continue to grow and will benefit from her experience and expertise,” said Dr. Skaruppa. Former dean, Dr. Jeff Edgens, left the college late last month. Clay took the helm, effective June 1.
Not only does Clay have previous experience at the college as Registrar and other administrative duties, she has personal experience as an adult learner, which is the market the college’s External Programs primarily target in its sites in Liberty County, Newnan and Norman Park, and just recently, the Evening Programs at Mount Vernon campus.
“I attended Trinity Valley Community College (Athens, Texas) and the University of Texas at Tyler primarily as a non-traditional student, earning my B.S. in Secondary Education 14 years after finishing high school,” said Clay. She also holds a master’s degree in Teaching English as a Second Language from Carson-Newman College in east Tennessee.
In addition to her time as Registrar, Clay led the English Language Institute at Mercer University in Macon for several years, leaving that position in the late 90’s for a similar one at Brewton-Parker College, creating a language institute. She left the college in the fall of 2003 to be closer to her family. She returned to the college in summer 2008 as an international recruiter.
“For however long I am in the position, I will bring my experience, my energies and my knowledge of the school (its processes, people and curriculum) to the important and challenging task of supporting (the students),” said Clay. “To misquote a current phrase, ‘it’s all about US – together’.”
Brewton-Parker College is the only accredited four year Christian college in south Georgia. Affiliated with the Georgia Baptist Convention, BPC offers bachelor and associate degree programs at its main campus in Mount Vernon and three external locations in Liberty County, Newnan and Norman Park.