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Voorhees Convenes for the 2020 Fall Faculty & Staff Virtual Institute

Denmark, S.C.- Voorhees College recently hosted the 2020 fall Faculty & Staff Institute virtually to prepare for the 2020-2021 academic year.

The institute opened with a state of the college address from Dr. W. Franklin Evans, ninth president, and CEO.

Evans said it is a different time and place, but he hopes all faculty and staff remain hopeful. “Hope does exist, and if our founder, Elizabeth Evelyn Wright were here, she would tell us to be hopeful during these turbulent times. Voorhees was founded on the premises that there is a God watching over us,” Evans said.

He said the academic year is different from traditional beginnings, but he is confident in the institution’s preparation and new structure for a successful year.

“We started early during the pandemic with our provost instituting immediate faculty training for online instruction when we first had to evacuate students,” Evans said. “We made a decision against popular belief to conduct the fall semester completely online for the safety of our students.”

Evans added that the campus has advanced from additional funding, the results of which are from the beautification of a digital marquee, renovated campus apartments, security and safety upgrades, and newly constructed pathways, to name a few.

“The virus has put a strain on many things, but there are opportunities. As we start this new year, I want us to be encouraged that we can make it through this. Our students still need us, and we have the equipment and technology to assist,” Evans said. He added, “Despite the challenges and controversy, this is an opportunity for Voorhees to shine and make a difference.”

He concluded by emphasizing there is hope. “We can begin here at Voorhees; we can believe here at Voorhees, and we can become here at Voorhees because there is hope,” Evans said.

During the institute, Marquez Claxton, chief of security and Suzanne Williams, director of health services, gave presentations on effective operation for COVID-19 (Coronavirus) prevention and protection.

Followed by, Dr. Ronnie Hopkins, provost and vice president for academic affairs; Phyllis Thompson, vice president for enrollment management; Charlene Johnson, vice president for student affairs and athletics; Diane Oberry, vice president for fiscal affairs, and newly appointed Dr. Prince Brown, vice president for institutional advancement and development, gave divisional updates.

Earlier in the week, Hopkins held a virtual faculty conference to prepare for the upcoming online semester.

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