Last updated on March 9, 2019
By Lauren Fraine
The Division of Humanities at Volunteer State Community College has a new dean this semester, Dr. Tonya Daniels.
In October 2018, former Dean Jennifer Brezina stepped down to assume the role of Assistant Vice President of Academic Affairs.
During the transition period, faculty and staff put forth a helping hand to efficiently maintain the position.
Melva Black, chair of communications and professor Deb Moore served as interim co-deans for the humanities department.
Other faculty and staff also extended their assistance beyond the scheduled in-class and office hours to continue to provide the best quality of services to students.
Although new to this position, Daniels is no stranger to Vol State.
She has served as the previous chair of communications, foreign languages and philosophy departments.
As a former dean of a Kentucky institution, Daniels returns with experience that will aid in future success for the humanities department.
Also a former Spanish professor, Daniels brings a passion for foreign language.
Some of her goals as dean of humanities is to grow the foreign language department, provide transfer programs that fit student needs and student success.
“I want people to understand the importance of language. Additionally, for all programs to grow and be visible to the community, programs that not only enhance the arts but other departments throughout the division to enhance student learning,” said Daniels.