For Immediate Release:
July 10, 2008
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Public Relations Specialist
MIDDLETOWN and WARRENTON, Va. – Lord Fairfax Community College recently added six new administrators to its team of high-performance employees.
Judy Batson, a soon-to-be Fauquier County resident, joins LFCC as the associate vice president of learning at the Fauquier Campus. In this role, Batson will assist the vice president of learning, the College's chief academic officer, and assume direct responsibility for the faculty and instructional programs at LFCC's Fauquier Campus. Batson will play a key role in planning, developing and implementing academic programs and services that will permit LFCC to better serve the needs of the rapidly changing Fauquier area.
"Community colleges are all about access and providing quality higher education to local citizens. Those of us who are fortunate enough to work at a community college know how important it is to provide open and welcoming services to our diverse student population," Batson said.
Prior to moving to Virginia, Batson was the dean of liberal arts and sciences at Florida Community College at Jacksonville, where she has also served as an instructional officer. Batson holds a bachelor's degree in zoology from Oklahoma State University, a master's degree in biology education from Hampton University, a doctoral degree in human anatomy with a specialization in neuroendocrinology from Virginia Commonwealth University and professional development studies in higher education at the University of Virginia.
Heather Burton, a Front Royal resident, began working at LFCC two years ago as a counselor. Recently, she accepted the position of dual enrollment coordinator. In this role, she observes all dual enrollment instructors; ensures that end-of-course student evaluations are disseminated, collected and analyzed; and assists dual-enrolled students with the enrollment process.
"This is the best job in the world. I feel very blessed to be working at the institution that made my dreams a reality," said Burton, an LFCC alumna who participated in the College's Dual Enrollment Program when she was in high school.
Burton holds a bachelor's degree in psychology and theatre arts from Virginia Tech and a master's degree in counseling from Radford University.
Christopher Coutts, a Berryville resident, joins LFCC as the associate dean of learning for business, technology, science and health professions. In this role, Coutts is responsible for supporting the dean of learning and the faculty in the Division of Business, Technology, Science and Health Professions to continue providing students with high-quality instruction.
"I am looking forward to working closely with the staff, faculty and students of LFCC and developing relationships with the local school systems and colleges and universities in Virginia," Coutts said.
Prior to joining LFCC, Coutts worked as vice president at HigherEd.org Inc., a higher education consulting organization. Coutts also worked at Shenandoah University and spent time in South Africa working on education and health care projects. Coutts holds a bachelor's degree in psychology and systematic theology from Rhodes University in Grahamstown, South Africa and a master's degree and doctorate in education evaluation from the University of Virginia's Curry School of Education.
Claudia Mazurkiewicz, a Warrenton resident, is LFCC's new coordinator of health professions. In this role, she oversees the College's health professions programs, ensuring that the programs are preparing students for the workforce.
"My work provides me with the opportunity to transform students into highly qualified professionals. There is a dearth of health professionals and the situation is only going to get worse unless we take the necessary steps to prepare qualified young people to meet the challenges of the future," Mazurkiewicz said.
Previously, Mazurkiewicz served as the dental hygiene coordinator at LFCC, a position she held for eight years. She is a certified dental hygienist, and she holds a bachelor's degree in education from The Ohio State University and a master's degree in education from the University of Indiana at Bloomington.
Joan Osborne, a Catlett resident, has been appointed to serve as the director of instructional technology. In this position, Osborne provides instructional technology support to the College, including assisting faculty in the development of new teaching materials and the conversion of traditional teaching materials into electronic formats for distance learning and other technology-enhanced instruction, providing consultation and resources to faculty on course delivery strategies to enhance student learning and facilitating faculty training in the use of technology-based tools in support of traditional, distance and/or hybrid learning.
"I have always wanted to be involved in education. Hence, I left the corporate world to begin a new career in higher education. Working with students and working with the impressive faculty here at LFCC inspires me to come to work every day," Osborne said.
In 1999, Osborne joined LFCC as a full-time faculty member and program leader for the computer science and information technology discipline areas. Prior to that, she worked as a software engineer at IBM's Federal Systems Division and Loral Federal Systems Company. In addition, she taught mathematics and computer science at Highland School for three years. Osborne holds bachelor's degrees in computer science and mathematics from State University College at Potsdam, N.Y., and a master's degree in computer science from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. Osborne is currently pursuing a master's degree in instructional technology at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.
Aaron Whitacre, a Stephens City resident, joined LFCC almost four years ago as a financial aid adviser. Recently, Whitacre accepted the position of coordinator of financial aid and veterans affairs. In this position, he supervises the Financial Aid Office activities at all three College locations and assists individuals with financial aid or veterans affairs needs.
"It is rewarding to know that I make a difference in helping students in their pursuit to learn and thus obtain a career," Whitacre said. "I enjoy being a resource for them and the great employees of LFCC."
In addition to working as a financial aid adviser, Whitacre most recently served as the registrar at LFCC before accepting his current position. Whitacre holds an associate degree in business administration from LFCC, a bachelor's degree in business administration from Shenandoah University and a master's degree in business administration from Liberty University.
Founded in 1970, Lord Fairfax Community College is a multi-campus public institution of higher education. With four locations — Middletown, Warrenton, Luray-Page County and most recently, Vint Hill— the College serves eight localities in the Shenandoah Valley and northern Piedmont regions. The localities are the counties of Clarke, Fauquier, Frederick, Page, Rappahannock, Shenandoah and Warren and the city of Winchester. LFCC offers more than 75 associate degree and certificate programs in a wide variety of disciplines, in addition to providing access to bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degree programs offered on site by a four-year institution. LFCC also serves the business community by offering workforce preparation programs for employees and employers. LFCC serves more than 9,000 unduplicated credit students and more than 11,000 individuals in professional development and business and industry courses annually.
Lord Fairfax Community College (LFCC) is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award associate degrees. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Lord Fairfax Community College. Lord Fairfax Community College is an equal opportunity institution providing educational and employment opportunities, programs, services, and activities and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, age, religion, disability, national origin, marital status, political affiliation, sexual orientation, or other non-merit factors. LFCC also prohibits sexual misconduct including sexual violence or harassment.