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Dr. Jami Woods / Melissa Vandemark

Wilson Community College

by Wilson Rotary

  Dr. Jami Woods is the President of Wilson Community College. Previously, she served as VP ofInstruction and Student Services at Roanoke-Chowan Community College, Ahoskie, NC, and VP ofInstruction and Student Services at Surry Community College, Dobson, NC. She holds a BA in English(UNC), an MA in English (Appalachian State University), and a Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction with aspecialization in adult and higher education (University of North Carolina Greensboro).Dr. Woods began teaching as an adjunct in the community college system in 1995, and she beganteaching full-time in 1998. Dr. Woods’s first administrative role was as a developmental chairperson in2000. She went on to serve as Dean of Arts and Sciences in 2003; and in 2007, she was appointed ChiefAcademic Officer. Dr. Woods’s educational experience expanded in 2015 to include oversight forStudent Services. She has served as an accreditation liaison for over ten years, and she also served asthe president of the North Carolina Association of Community College Instructional Administrators forfive years.Since beginning her tenure at Wilson Community College in June 2023, Dr. Woods has invested her timein an extensive number of listening sessions with as many college constituents as possible. Informationfrom these sessions helped shape the new Strategic Plan, Investing Together, which will be launched inSeptember. The plan’s focus includes student access and success; excellence in teaching and learning;workforce development and community partnerships; employee engagement and development; collegeenvironment and resources; and equity.Dr. Woods’s educational interests are developmental education; diversity, equity, and inclusion; andcritical thinking. Her personal interests are reading, walking, and spending time with her friends andfamily, particularly on the NC coast.

 MelissaVandemark is the Director of Workforce Development at Wilson Community College.She previously served as the Director of Corporate and Customized training atJohnston Community College and Director of Corporate Training at Nash CommunityCollege. She graduated from North Carolina Wesleyan College with a degree inBusiness Administration in 2003. While attending NCWC, Melissa was the chapterpresident of Alpha Sigma Tau Sorority. Melissa graduated in 2022 with her MBAfrom North Carolina Wesleyan University. She is a Rotarian with the ClaytonRotary Club and previously held the position of Co-Membership Chair. Melissa iscurrently in the Wilson Chamber Executive Academy and enjoys serving thecommunity.  Melissa and her husband Deanhave a farm in Elm City where they live with 4 of their children  

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