Cleveland State “Honors College” Names Bryan To Lead New Venture

Cleveland State “Honors College” Names Bryan To Lead New Venture

Monday, January 27, 2020 12:00 AM

(Cleveland, Tennessee) – The State’s first Honors College within the Tennessee Board of Regents system has selected its first leader in Dr. Victoria Bryan. The first full semester of operation of The Honors College at Cleveland State Community College begins next month.

Since serving in the short-term as the Interim Dean of the brand new venture, Cleveland State Community College President Dr. Bill Seymour has now officially announced Bryan as the first Dean of The Honors College.

“Dr. Bryan is a brilliant, young, and passionate educator,” said Seymour. “She has excelled as a faculty member and as our Interim Dean. Most notably, she has lead the charge to make our Honors College what it is today. She will provide the same kind of leadership with the new areas under her supervision.”

Bryan and Seymour, along with the help of current honors students, both helped officially launch the new college in a ceremony on the Plaza at Cleveland State November 5. “The growth of this program and its development into a fully developed Honors College have been due to the hard work of a lot of people,” shared Bryan. “I’m so excited to see all of that work pay off.”

The CSCC Honors “Program” started in the fall of 2015 with just 14 students. Four years later, 125 students are enrolled in five different honors tracks. Currently, Cleveland State’s Honors College has articulation agreements in place with Middle Tennessee State University, the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, and the University of Tennessee at Knoxville. In addition, a fourth partner in Lee University will be joining CSCC, as well.

“Honors education has become a central focus of my career over the past five years or so,” added Bryan. “What started as a coordinator’s position that I took on simply to serve the college has become something so much bigger than I would have ever expected.”

Students of The Honors College at CSCC focus on the following five areas during their studies: academic excellence, in-depth subject exploration, public presentation experience, leadership skills and techniques, and service to the campus and/or community. “The Honors College at CSCC is a well-deserved honor for Cleveland State and for our honor students of the past, present, and future,” said Seymour.

State incentive program such as Tennessee Promise and Tennessee Reconnect will assist many CSCC students to be able to take part in The Honors College at Cleveland State. Presidential Honors Scholarships exclusively for qualifying Honors College students are available each year, as well. Deadline to apply for these special scholarships is January 15. Class registration is now underway for all CSCC classes on-campus and online for Spring 2020.

For more information on The Honors College at Cleveland State Community College, contact the college’s main campus at 423.472.7141. CSCC is the College System of Tennessee’s College of the Year for 2019. The local institution received the Statewide Outstanding Achievement Recognition, or SOAR, Award after being named the College of the Year honor during an awards ceremony last March.

The College System of Tennessee is the state’s largest public higher education system, with 13 community colleges, 27 colleges of applied technology and the online TN eCampus serving more than 110,000 students.


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