Spartanburg Community College Recognizes 20 Outstanding Faculty, Staff as SCC Champions

SCC President Dr. G. Michael Mikota with SCC Champions

SCC President Dr. G. Michael Mikota with SCC Champions

Spartanburg, S.C. – Spartanburg Community College recently celebrated exemplary faculty and staff who have gone above and beyond throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, allowing the college to move forward with the important mission of teaching and learning. Twenty "SCC Champions" were recognized at a virtual event celebrating SCC faculty, staff who demonstrated exceptional resilience and dedication to student and employee success and the workforce development needs of the Upstate throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Our SCC Champions have never given up,” says Dr. Michael Mikota, SCC president. “When we all stopped on a dime in March 2020, we didn’t know what that would mean for our college and our students. I’m so proud of all the hard work, dedication, and focus that our team has had through this challenging year. Because of these individuals, we have continued to provide a consistent level of quality while offering learning opportunities to thousands of students safely and securely.”

The following SCC faculty and staff were named the 2021 SCC Champions:
• Shaun Bezuidenhout - Instructor, Culinary Arts
• Susan Chastain - Compensation and Performance Manager, Human Resources
• Melissa Collins - Academic Director, Math
• Meri Faulkner - Assistant Coordinator, Student Disability Services
• Pete Gallen - Director, Information Technologies
• Eddie Green - Assistant Custodial Supervisor, Campus Operations
• Neil Griffin - Director, SCCOnline
• Kem Harvey - Associate Vice President, Instruction
• Debbie Jennings - Department Chair, Radiologic Technology
• Doug Lee - Instructor, Mechatronics
• Annie McLagan - Instructor, Nursing
• Jay Moore - Instructor, Horticulture
• Susan Moore - Director, Instructional Support
• Melissa Morton - Program Director, Psychology
• Tina Nix - Data Coordinator, Student Records
• Kimbraly Patterson - Technical Specialist, Admissions
• Katherine Stiwinter - Director, SCC Library
• Katie Papakostas - Strategic Employment Manager, Human Resources
• Art Thiboutot - Custodial Supervisor, Campus Operations
• Tameka Whittenburg - Administrative Assistant, Student Affairs

Mikota added, “I am so proud of all the work, dedication and focus of our team. We have focused on three key points of our SCC values throughout the Covid experience: S-Safety, C-Communications and C-Continuity. Number one is safety; we have taken great pride to make sure we’ve had the utmost safety protocols in all of our facilities on campus. I am proud to say that we’ve had many of our college offerings face-to-fact over the last year and many of our students have persisted and continued on with great success. We’ve also been offered hybrid classes and we’ve developed many new classes to provide a consistent level of quality while also offering opportunities to thousands of students over the past year in a safe and secure manner. We have been very strong in our communications - sharing the number of Covid cases we’ve had, how we are meeting the needs of our students, how we stay safe and also we’ve been transparent in sharing what decisions need to be made and how they’re made. We have also had strong continuity getting through the fall semester, and now I’m proud to say we continue to move forward and that continuity provides a sense of stability for our students, for our faculty, our staff and the entire communities in which we serve.”

Rick Teal, SCC associate vice president, Human Resources, explains that it was important for the college to celebrate these individuals, highlighting the incredible work that went into adapting SCC to the COVID environment. “We have all faced many challenges over the past year, but our employees have moved mountains. With our focus on safety, communication and continuity, SCC has seen a bright side to this pandemic and become stronger, better, and more resilient in the process,” added Teal.

The inspiring stories of the 2021 Champions’ perseverance can be found on the SCC website ( and photos are available for download via Flickr

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