Hodges Trustee honored by regional accrediting body

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At its annual meeting held recently in Orlando, the Southern Association on Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACS), Hodges University Trustee Dr. Jim Stamper was honored for his many years of service to the accrediting body. Dr. Stamper is currently Professor of Education at Belmont University in Nashville, TN. He has been a Hodges University Trustee since 2004.

Dr. Stamper was recognized for serving on 40 visiting accreditation committees on behalf of SACS, and of those, chaired 29 reaffirmation committees. Stamper was also appointed to the 2011 SACS Principles of Accreditation Review Committee.

“Dr. Stamper is an excellent example of the quality and diversity of our Board of Trustees and the backgrounds that they bring to serving our institution,” said Terry McMahan, President of Hodges. “His work for many fine institutions in the Southeastern region of the United States has brought about improved institutions, which, in turn, has improved the quality of education delivered. We are fortunate to have Jim serving on our Board of Trustees as we prepare for our own reaffirmation of accreditation in 2013.”

Dr. Stamper holds a B. A. in History from Carson-Newman College, and an M.A. in History and EdD in Educational Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Tennessee—Knoxville. He completed a summer of additional study at Harvard University in 1985. He first entered the teaching profession in 1967.

SACS is the recognized regional accrediting body in the eleven U.S. Southern states (Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas and Virginia) and in Latin America for those institutions of higher education that award associate, baccalaureate, master's or doctoral degrees. The Commission on Colleges is the representative body of the College Delegate Assembly and is charged with carrying out the accreditation process.

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