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Andrea J. Burney, APR

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AREA NATIVE GEORGE R. STILL, III JOINS DCC's ADMINISTRATIVE TEAM

 

George Still III

George R. Still III

DANVILLE, VA June 24, 2015 - George R. Still, III, a 1999 Tunstall High School graduate with research expertise and classroom teaching experience, has joined the administrative team at Danville Community College as Director of Institutional Planning, Effectiveness, and Research. Still comes to DCC from the State University of New York at Plattsburg (SUNY), where he held the role of Assessment/ Data Manager.

 

The Cascade native says he looks forward to being closer to family while playing a vital role in an institution that, in his view, is essential to every community – the local community college.

 

“I’ve always seen myself as a college administrator, and this was the next natural step in that career goal,? Still says.

 

Still earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Religion and French and a Master of Arts Degree in Christian Education, both from Campbell University. He has completed additional coursework at Virginia Commonwealth University. He is currently in a PhD program in Sociology at Virginia Tech.

 

His research experience has included a needs assessment for the Virginia Department of Veterans Services and a statewide evaluation of the Women, Infants and Children Program use by foster care parents for the Virginia Department of Health. He is currently conducting research on cultural capital, social networking and student retention as part of his requirements for his doctoral program.

 

Prior to his employment at SUNY, Still was a project associate at Virginia Tech; an adjunct instructor at Virginia Western Community College; and a French teacher with the Montgomery County Public Schools. He also held various positions at Campbell University.

 

Still states his goal at DCC will be to create a culture of research, examining impact measures such as student enrollment, retention, and graduation rates, and employment secured by graduates, as well as the effectiveness of instructors’ teaching methods. In addition, Still plans to collect data to uncover ways that DCC can better serve the community, through methods such as examining high school graduation rates and surveying local employers to gain an understanding of their needs. Still’s ultimate goal in his research is to drive student enrollment.

 

“Institutional effectiveness and the role of institutional research in that process is using the data sources that are available to make sure that we demonstrate we’re doing what we’ve set out to do and that our students are successful,? Still says. “The role of my office is to make sure that we keep the data systems accurate, that we keep and collect data that is meaningful, and that we ensure validity to the research that we’re conducting.?

 

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