MARIANNA—The Chipola College District Board of Trustees accepted the resignation of college president Dr. Jason Hurst at the board’s regular meeting on Oct. 18. Hurst was a semi-finalist for the presidency of Northwest Florida State College.
In a letter to the board of trustees, Dr. Hurst said, “I want to thank you for the opportunity to serve as your president over the past two and a half years. I have had the opportunity to work with some of the finest faculty and staff during my five year tenure as both President and Vice President. It has been an honor and a privilege to serve you, and our more than 3,000 students. I am excited about what is next for me and my future. I am also hopeful that Chipola College will continue to thrive and build upon the many great initiatives currently ongoing.”
Hurst became Chipola’s tenth president in April, 2014. He came to Chipola 2011 as Vice-President of Baccalaureate and Workforce programs, and was promoted to Executive Vice President in 2013. Prior to coming to Chipola, he served as VP for Workforce Education and Academic Support at Pensacola State College. He also served Central Alabama Community College as Director of Workforce and Director of the Talladega Center.
Dr. Sarah Clemmons, Senior Vice President of Instruction at Chipola, was named Interim President. She is currently the chief academic officer for the college with responsibility over all academic and workforce instructional programs. She also oversees the college’s accreditation, grants, assessment and academic support programs.
Dr. Clemmons came to Chipola in 1979 as an English instructor and became Division Chair of the Literature/Language Division rising through the ranks to eventually become the top academic officer of the college. She helped to start the Academic Center for Excellence (ACE), a free tutoring program for all students, which has been recognized with the Florida College System Chancellor’s Best Practice Award and as a finalist for the national Bellwether Awards Program. She was instrumental in establishing Bachelor’s Degree programs at Chipola beginning in 2003. Chipola now offers 10 B.S. degrees in Business, Nursing and Education. Dr. Clemmons is a native of Marianna, and is an alumnus of Marianna High School, Chipola College, University of West Florida, Troy University and Florida State University.