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Voorhees names founding dean of Graduate Studies, Continuing Education, and Integrative Learning

Denmark, S.C. – Voorhees College recently hired Dr. Gwenda Richburg Greene to serve as the founding dean of Graduate Studies, Continuing Education, and Integrative Learning.

Greene will be responsible for developing the graduate programs and further enhancing continuing education opportunities as a core part of the Voorhees College Center of Excellence for Educator Preparation and Innovation. Also, as an integral component of the Division of Academic Affairs, the dean will be instrumental in institutionalizing integrative learning and internationalizing the college’s culture, curriculum, and proven practices.

Integrative learning is a systematic focus on students’ disposition to synthesize and transfer learning. The process will implement in and out of the classroom resources and practicums to give students in their fields the whole experience to be better prepared for the workforce after graduation.

“We are working on the disposition of Voorhees students so when they graduate, they can move beyond stating the courses in which they enrolled but also articulating and demonstrating the skills they have developed,” Greene said. “The expectation of our forthcoming master’s program is for our students to become
solution strategists. We need them not just to identify problems in our society but to be change agents who
conceptualize and apply reform ideas using the tenets of improvement science.” Graduate Studies and Continuing Education will target traditional students, mid-career professionals, and non-traditional students. Upon approval from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges, the first graduate program to launch will be the Master of Education in Improvement Science.

The degree program is 18-months of immersion in improvement science, research and reform application.
As a component of the master’s program, The University of South Carolina College of Education, the
Voorhees College Center of Excellence for Educator Preparation and Innovation and the Center for

Teaching Quality entered a Memorandum of Agreement to offer educators in rural regions of South
Carolina new and alternative pathways to the classroom. The initiative will provide opportunities for
recruitment, retention and teacher preparation through the Carolina Collaborative for Alternative
Preparation.

Interim President Dr. Ronnie Hopkins said that Voorhees is destined to reach its next level of excellence
and he is excited to radically transform the institution’s learning experiences by strengthening methods to
ensure graduates are ready to assume their chosen career path confidently. “We welcome Dr. Greene and
have already begun the requisite research, planning and engagement to yield a stellar graduate program.”
“Graduate and continuing education programs anchored in integrative learning and improvement science
pedagogy seek to establish Voorhees with national distinction as a leader in improvement science,” said Dr.
Damara Hightower Mitchell, interim provost and vice president for the Division of Academic Affairs. Greene earned a bachelor’s degree in theatre and speech from Columbia College, a master’s of arts in teaching degree in English from the University of South Carolina, and a doctorate in educational leadership systems from the Union Institute and University. Prior to serving at Voorhees, Greene served as the director of the Honors Program and professor of English at Benedict College. For more information, contact the Office of Communications, at 803-780-1191 or at communications@voorhees.edu.