By Amanda Hatfield Anderson
BREVARD -- Eastern Florida State College announced the promotions of two senior educators, who will help lead new programs in academics and athletics.
Dr. Cathy Cobb, eLearning Provost for online education, was named the new associate vice president for academic programs, while Jeffery Carr, director of athletics, was named the new associate vice president of athletics.
The announcement of the promotions, which was made on Monday, March 17, are in step with college president Dr. Jim Richey's plan to help lead EFSC into the future.
"From his first day on the job, Dr. Richey has made the expanding educational opportunities for our students as his top priority through new academic and athletic programs," said John J. Glisch, associate vice president of communications. "The promotions help meet that goal, now and in the future."
Dr. Richey said Dr. Cobb and Mr. Carr are dedicated educators, who will respectively play important roles as EFSC continues to grow.
"They are experienced leaders and innovators in creating the kind of programs our college and community needs," Dr. Richey said in a press release.
In 1992, Dr. Cobb joined then BCC as an associate professor and has made her way up the ranks. In 1999, she began working in online learning; to this day, thousands of students are enrolled in EFSC's online programs.
As associate vice president of Academic Programs, Dr. Carr will lead the development and implementation of curriculum for 20 new bachelor's and associate's degree programs in business, health care and information technologies.
"In the past two years, the college has launched 20 new bachelors, associates and certificate programs, targeting fast-growth job fields, that can give students excellent careers when they graduate," Dr. Cobb said. "I'm honored that Dr. Richey has chosen me to help lead these programs forward."
Helping further thrust EFSC's athletic scene into the spotlight, Mr. Carr will serve as the new associate vice president of athletics.
Mr. Carr first came to EFSC in 2009 and has transformed the college's standings in athletics by launching four new programs and leading teams to national recognition.
The head women's soccer coach, Mr. Carr has earned a 44-11-3 record, spanning the past four seasons.
He has also overseen the development of the new soccer complex on the Melbourne campus, which will host the NJCAA Women's National Soccer Championships through 2018.
In his new role, Mr. Carr will manage all athletic programs, develop new or upgraded facilities for tennis, softball and baseball, while working to bring more sporting events to the school.
"Athletics is an important part of the collegiate experience, providing student-athletes a chance to excel on the field and in the classroom," Mr. Carr said. "It's a privilege to play a role in developing new sports programs and new athletic facilities here at Eastern Florida."
In addition to their new responsibilities, both Mr. Carr and Dr. Cobb will continue to perform their duties as athletic director and eLearning Provost, respectively.
"Our academic and athletic programs are growing rapidly, and needed educators with experience and strong records of success to help lead them forward," Mr. Glisch said. "Dr. Cobb and Mr. Carr have those qualities and will do an outstanding job in their new positions."