The Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College Board of Governors approved a Resolution of Commendation as President Emeritus for retiring President Joanne Jaeger Tomblin during its June 24, 2015 business meeting. President Tomblin retired June 30, 2015, ending a 33 year career of unwavering service working in various roles from instructor to chief executive officer at the College.
Board chair, Thomas Heywood, and vice chair, Wilma Zigmond, presented President Tomblin with a display of the approved resolution, along with a Lifetime Achievement Award from the board in appreciation of her years of service.
President Tomblin was named the eighth president of Southern on November 16, 1999 and has held that post for 16 years making her the longest-serving president of the College, and the longest-serving president in the Community and Technical College System of West Virginia. Tomblin is the first female president of Southern and its first president to receive this designation.
The extensive resolution honoring Tomblin cited her many accomplishments and acknowledged the College’s progress during her presidency. It noted the College achieved significant milestones including academic program development, enhancement of student life and the campus environment, expansion of campus facilities, community involvement, and surpassing more than $20 million in grant funds during her tenure.
Special recognition was made of Tomblin’s leadership of the College. Tomblin is credited with guiding Southern through daunting challenges toward success, and citied that she championed academic excellence and placed a premium on open communication and close engagement with students, faculty, staff, and alumni.