May 7, 2013

Community Invited to FVCC Emeritus Honorees Celebration

The community is invited to join Flathead Valley Community College President Jane Karas, the Board of Trustees, and college faculty and staff for a special celebration recognizing the college’s newest Emeritus Honorees on May 10.

The Emeritus Honor recognizes the contributions of retired faculty and administrators for serving FVCC with distinction over a lengthy career.  The honor is a unique and special honor only granted to the most outstanding faculty or administrators who have made significant contributions to FVCC and who are recommended for the honor.

Eligible candidates are required to be or have been full-time employees of Flathead Valley Community College, have a minimum of 15 years of full-time service at the college with the exception of extraordinary circumstances, have made meritorious and significant contributions to the college and have maintained the highest ethical standards in relationships with students, colleagues and superiors.

Faith Hodges
Faith Hodges

Retired Executive Director of Enrollment Planning and Title III Faith Hodges will be presented the honor of Dean Emeritus for devoting 37 years to FVCC.  Starting in 1973 as secretary to the dean of instruction, she served in many college departments throughout her tenure including instruction, student services, planning and development, institutional research, enrollment management, grant management, and business services.   Highlights of Hodges’ career include positions she assumed as acting dean of educational services from 1992 to 1994, acting vice president/dean from 1998 to 1999, and acting chief financial officer from 2001 to 2003.

Over the years, Hodges has provided leadership to see FVCC students and employees through many periods of change and transition.  Among her many accomplishments and service, she chaired and served on the college United Way Committee; played an instrumental role in establishing the college’s Employee Giving Fund providing emergency funds for students in need; chaired the budget committee for many years; started the college’s popular intramural program; helped establish and accredit new academic programs; and taught as an adjunct instructor for credit and non-credit classes.  In 1998, she was recognized for outstanding service to the college when she received the prestigious Eagle Award, the college’s highest honor.   Today, she continues to work at the college on a part-time basis.

David Scott
David Scott

David Scott, Ed.D., will be honored Professor Emeritus for dedicating 15 years of service at FVCC to his students, distinguishing himself as an educator and a scholar.  Scott was hired at FVCC in 1995 as an education instructor.  While teaching education courses, he developed and taught philosophy and religion courses and played a key role in establishing the partnership between FVCC and University of Great Falls to bring the bachelor’s degree in elementary education onto the FVCC campus.  Additionally, Scott was the first FVCC faculty member to teach classes via interactive television from the college’s Kalispell campus to its Lincoln County Campus in Libby, providing students in the rural communities of Lincoln County greater access to higher education.    Among all of his contributions, the Alabama native was best known for bringing to the classroom his real-life experiences as an organizer of the Selma March, a significant event in the Civil Rights Movement which helped change American history.

Throughout his tenure at FVCC, Scott served in numerous leadership roles.  He took a faculty leadership role in the creation of the College Council as well as serving on the council; served as president of Faculty Senate; served as president of the Faculty Union and chair of the negotiating team; represented FVCC on numerous accreditation visits throughout the Northwest; and served on many local, state, national and international boards of directors.  Scott currently sits on the Board of Directors of the Institute of Cultural Affairs USA.  He also was instrumental in the creation of The Scholars Program at FVCC and continues to serve on the advisory board.

A special program to recognize Hodges and Scott will take place at 5:30 p.m. in the large community meeting room inside the Arts and Technology Building.  For more information, contact Emily Jense at 756-3811.