Cheryl Davids retired as Chief Transfer Officer and Chair of the Mathematics Department at Central Carolina Technical College Jan. 17 and on Jan. 23 she plunged right into her new position as Dean of Southwestern Community College’s Macon Campus.
“I feel like I left one family and joined another,” said Davids, who immediately liked the feel and atmosphere of the Macon Campus. “In a way, it’s like coming home, too, because my family has owned a house in Maggie Valley for more than 30 years, and it’s always been our second home.”
At CCTC she also served as Associate in Science Program Manager, chaired the Curriculum Review and Student Success Committees and was Director of New Faculty Orientation. Most recently she coordinated campus retention efforts at CCTC, was recipient of their E.C. Kneece Award for Teaching Excellence and was nominated for Governor’s Professor of the Year. She earned her BA from the University of South Carolina, M.Ed. from Francis Marion University and Ph.D. from Clemson University.
Davids said the timing was right for her on the Macon position created by Connie Haire’s retirement. “I had decided not to make a career move until my daughter Alivia completed high school in May 2010. When she got settled in at the University of South Carolina last fall, I felt it was time for me to venture out.”
It couldn’t have worked out better, Davids said, emphasizing, “I love this area and the position felt like a natural fit.”She sees her role as an educator as her mission. “I believe this is my calling in life.”
She embraces North Carolina Community College’s focus on Creating Success and considers herself “blessed” to have witnessed so many community college success stories. “I especially love to see when an adult learner gets another chance to grab that brass ring and how that success impacts his or her family and community…it’s a wonderful ripple effect.”
In South Carolina she immersed herself in the community, volunteering with such organizations as the American Cancer Society and Habitat for Humanity. She serves with great commitment on the Board of Directors for Christian Family Services, an adoption agency in Rock Hill, SC.
Davids herself is the youngest of three children –“and the only girl”- and just this past weekend her parents celebrated their 62nd wedding anniversary. She’s an avid gardener, and she and Alivia are active in outdoor sports, including rafting and zip lining. They also travel extensively.
Davids has had the unique opportunity of experiencing a variety of career successes in college teaching:higher education administration, curriculum development, delivery and assessment, professional development, retention, distance and dual enrollment, outreach and new faculty orientation. “All of these experiences provide a foundation for my new role as Dean of Macon Campus,”she said.
“There are tremendous opportunities for growth on our campus – expanding course offerings, providing additional service adventures for faculty, staff and students to give back to the community, and planning for future expansion of our facilities, all the while remembering to take care of the faculty, staff and students. My goal is to be an outstanding ambassador for SCC in Macon County!”