Cheryl Sanchez, Ed.D., is the new dean of the college of liberal arts at Southwest Texas Junior College. SWTJC board members named Sanchez to the new position during their regular monthly meeting held April 18 in Uvalde.
Sanchez earned her bachelor's degree from Texas Tech University and her M.Ed. from Sul Ross State University – Rio Grande College. She recently earned her doctorate in educational leadership from the University of Texas at San Antonio. A child development instructor at the college for nine years, Sanchez has been chair of the health and human services division for the past eight years.
The new position is part of the administrative reorganization announced earlier this year by president-elect Hector Gonzales, Ph.D. Sanchez joins Johnny Guzman, dean of the college of applied science, and Romelia Aranda, dean of workforce training, as the three deans at SWTJC. All three deans will report to Mark Underwood, Ph.D., vice president of academic affairs.
Also highlighting Thursday's meeting was the presentation of Phi Theta Kappa's Michael Bennett Lifetime Achievement Award to SWTJC President Ismael Sosa, Jr., Ph.D.
The award, originally announced at 96th Annual Phi Theta Kappa International Convention held April 4-6 in San Jose, CA, was presented to Dr. Sosa by Anisha Hindocha, president of SWTJC's Eta Beta Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society.
"Since Dr. Sosa was busy at the Friends and Alumni Network Gala and couldn't attend the convention, we wanted to make the presentation tonight," chapter advisor Barbara Blair said. "The award is given to retiring presidents and CEOs who have been supportive of Phi Theta Kappa throughout their careers."
Blair also told the board of several awards the Eta Beta Chapter earned for their work during the 2012-13 school year. The chapter was one of 32 out of over 1,300 chapters to receive a distinguished chapter award.
In addition, they received a distinguished honor in action project award for their year long project "Corn and the Struggle to Eat Healthy." Chapter president Anisha Hindocha earned a distinguished chapter officer award.
Board members also received an update on the construction project underway at the SWTJC Del Rio campus. According to architect Tom Ferrell, the concrete slab for the new 32,000 square foot academic building was poured on Tuesday, April 16.
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