October 22, 2021

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Second interim president named for Calhoun

Jun. 2—Calhoun Community School obtained a 2nd consecutive interim president Tuesday as previous pupil Jimmy Hodges stepped into the emptiness.

Alabama Group College or university Technique Chancellor Jimmy Baker announced the appointment of Hodges as interim president in a press launch Tuesday, the exact same working day the Scottsboro native commenced get the job done at Calhoun.

Hodges replaces Joe Burke, who retired as interim president past 7 days. Calhoun has not experienced a lasting president since Jim Klauber resigned in May well 2018 for a job in Maryland.

Hodges, who was regional workforce director for the Alabama Neighborhood Faculty Program (ACCS), mentioned Tuesday he and Baker started talking about the opening last month when they identified out Burke planned to retire.

“I really feel like the appointment is for up to a calendar year, but there is almost nothing in producing and we’re not positive when he will appoint a long lasting president,” Hodges claimed.

Hodges explained he experienced breakfast with Burke final week to go over Calhoun.

Blake McAnally, a member of the ACCS board, claimed the chancellor has to publish the vacancy for the lasting position and, when he receives three or 4 candidates, he will bring them to a committee that generally contains three trustees. He said he predicted to be named to the committee, along with trustee Goodrich “Dus” Rogers, of Rainsville, when the chancellor feels he has adequate candidates.

“The chancellor has the authority to title an interim president,” McAnally claimed.

Hodges has 40 yrs of knowledge in greater training administration, manufacturing, and drafting and design know-how.

He stated he thinks the contacts created as ACCS workforce director for the northern area of the point out and his previous positions at Wallace Condition Local community Faculty, including as a dean, will aid in his new place as interim president.

In-particular person courses pressured

Hodges said he is aware students “obtained comfy” with on the net lessons throughout the pandemic, but he thinks it can be time for them to return to in-school lessons. He pointed out that occupation-engineering trades can only be taught in particular person.

“Right now, we are instructing in particular person every working day,” Hodges mentioned. “We need to have pupils to be in course and discovering in faculty. We are open up for organization.”

Hodges is not a newcomer to Calhoun. He attained his associate’s degree in equipment resource technological know-how from the college. He claimed he lived in Scottsboro, worked in the aerospace business in Huntsville and attended his Calhoun courses on the Decatur campus at evening two days a week though operating on that diploma.

“I would leave dwelling at 6 a.m. and get home just after 10 p.m.,” Hodges reported. “I was a nontraditional student.”

Hodges then attained bachelor’s levels in profession and technical education and administration of engineering from Athens Condition University.

Hodges commenced his profession as a machinist and served in different production roles for about 20 several years. In 2000, he became a drafting instructor at the Earnest Pruett Centre of Engineering in Scottsboro.

He then joined the faculty at Wallace State as Drafting Office chairman and teacher and was later promoted to dean of Used Systems.

As a former machinist, Hodges explained he is used to palms-on function and he enjoys obtaining included personally on campus.

“I’m utilized to boots on the floor and top by instance,” Hodges reported. “I am a single who likes to make a strategy, function a system and make confident we produce benefits.”

The state’s neighborhood faculties commenced doing work on ASPIRE (Reaching Program Huge Potential By way of Enhanced Methods and Engagement), a 10-12 months strategic strategy, in Might 2020.

ASPIRE is a systemwide initiative concentrated on strategic organizing for funds advancement tasks. Every single college or university formulated its individual system, and Hodges claimed Calhoun’s proposed strategy is waiting around on the chancellor’s acceptance.

“The moment it is really authorised, my occupation will be supporting the university in its implementation,” Hodges claimed.

Dormitory project

Calhoun is a husband or wife with Athens Condition on the Alabama Heart for the Arts in downtown Decatur, and the architect is operating on designs for a dormitory that would be together Johnston Avenue Southeast.

McAnally claimed the Group Faculty Procedure is handling the dormitory undertaking, and Calhoun’s amenities personnel are directing it locally.

“(Hodges) will certainly be associated as interim president,” McAnally stated.

Hodges reported a further priority will be helping Calhoun rebound from the coronavirus pandemic, which impacted practically each individual group university the two financially and in attendance figures.

Calhoun spokesman Wes Torain reported the college’s enrollment was down 8% this yr to just underneath 10,000 students.

McAnally mentioned the the ACCS board wants Calhoun “to commence to expand and mimic what is heading on in this article in north Alabama.”

“We have acquired to match need and that is rather daunting with the new positions coming into the region,” McAnally stated. “It truly is heading to place a whole lot of anxiety on the present firms when they cannot come across the employees they will need. This is the fastest developing portion of the state, and that’s a problem for all of us.”

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