Associate Academic Dean Honored

Sherry McCarthy, associate academic dean at William Woods University, was one of 11 semifinalists for an award recognizing outstanding work with first-year college students.

The recognition comes from the University of South Carolina’s National Resource Center for the First-Year Experience and Students in Transition and the Houghton Mifflin Company.

A letter to McCarthy congratulated her and said, “Your nomination attests to the respect and admiration that you have gained for the creative ways in which you work to enhance the academic and social success of first-year students.”

McCarthy was nominated by Betsy Tutt, WWU vice president and academic dean, and supported by Beth Tidball, coordinator of academic advising, and Michelle Stephens, director of student success and transition.

“This award is well deserved. Dr. McCarthy is a valued member of our institution,” Tutt said.

In her letter of support, Tidball wrote, “Dr. McCarthy has been tireless in her efforts to develop a program that helps students transition to college and academic success. . . (she) has demonstrated responsibility, conscientiousness and care in her quest to make our first-year students’ experience at WWU the best it possibly can be.”

Stephens wrote, “Dr. McCarthy represents the highest standards of professional excellence and a genuine desire to provide superior quality of service to each and every student served by William Woods University.”

McCarthy’s name will be listed on an honor roll of advocates in the program for the awards ceremony, which will take place during the 23rd Annual Conference on the First-Year Experience Feb. 20-24 in Addison, Texas.