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Teams across the university have come together to help MC move forward from COVID-19. We’ve actively engaged with Faculty Council and the Student Government Association, as well as other groups of students, faculty and staff members, and community partners who have all shared their questions and provided input on planning efforts.

Strong & Courageous Committee

  • Dr. Blake Thompson, President (Chair)
  • Dr. Bill Townsend, General Counsel and Vice President (Vice-Chair)
  • Dr. Jonathan Ambrose, Associate Vice President for the Student Experience
  • Bill Cranford, Chief Information Officer
  • Dr. Keith Elder, Provost and Executive Vice President
  • Tracey Harrison, Director of Public Relations
  • Laura Jackson, Chief Financial Officer
  • Dr. Steve Martin, Director of the Department of Physician Assistant Studies
  • Dr. Debbie Norris, Associate Provost & Graduate Dean
  • Dr. Jonathan Randle, Dean of the School of Humanities and Social Sciences
  • Dr. Kimberly Sharp, Dean of the School of Nursing
  • Dr. Steve Stanford, Vice President for Administration and Government Relations
  • Dr. Beth Stapleton, Professor of Spanish, MacCenter Director, and Campus COVID-19 Coordinator

You can reach the committee with questions and suggestions at strong@mc.edu.

COVID-19 Task Forces

Summer School Planning

  • Dr. Debbie Norris, Associate Provost & Graduate Dean (Chair)
  • Dr. Stan Baldwin, Dean of the School of Science and Mathematics
  • Bill Cranford, Chief Information Officer
  • Dr. Cindy Melton, Dean of the School of Education

Summer Activities 

  • Dr. Steve Stanford, Vice President for Administration and Government Relations (Chair)
  • Lori Bobo, University Public Relations Events Coordinator
  • Ken Gilliam, Director of Continuing Education
  • Mike Jones, Athletic Director
  • Julie Kerr, Director of Residence Life
  • Dr. Evan Lenow, Director of Church & Minister Relations, Director of Events Services
  • Tracy May, Executive Assistant to VP for Administration
  • Susan Musselwhite, Assistant Athletic Director
  • Dr. Debbie Norris, Associate Provost & Graduate Dean
  • Jonathan Nutt, Director of Student Engagement
  • Mike Prince, Director of Campus Dining
  • Mike Warren, Director of Public Safety
  • Dr. Tom Williams, Executive Director of Campus Operations

Fall Opening           

  • Dr. Jonathan Ambrose, Associate Vice President for the Student Experience
    (Co-chair)
  • Dr. Jonathan Randle, Dean of the School of Humanities and Social Sciences (Co-chair)
  • Becca Benson, Director of Christian Life & Leadership
  • Dr. Stephanie Carmicle, Associate Professor-Biology
  • Bill Cranford, Chief Information Officer
  • Dr. Keith Elder, Provost and Executive Vice President
  • Dr. Melinda Gann, Professor-Mathematics
  • Donna Lewis, retired CFO
  • Dr. Cindy Melton, Dean of the School of Education
  • Autumn Norman, Administrative Assistant-English
  • Michael Washington, Student Government Association President

Financial Contingency Planning

  • Laura Jackson, Chief Financial Officer (Chair)
  • Dr. Tammy Arthur, Professor-School of Business
  • Dr. Clinton Bailey, Chair of the Chemistry and Biochemistry Department
  • Dr. Stan Baldwin, Dean of the School of Science and Mathematics
  • Patricia Bennett, Dean for the School of Law
  • Dr. Stephanie Carmicle, Associate Professor-Biology
  • Dr. Patrick Connelly, Chair and Associate Professor for the History and Political Science Department
  • Tracey Harrison, Director of Public Relations
  • Dr. Laurie Lawson, Chair of BSW Program and Assistant Professor-Sociology
  • Dr. Kristi Melancon, Associate Professor-English
  • Dr. Ivan Parke, Assistant Chair and Professor-Christian Studies
  • Dr. Chris Washam, Chair of the Kinesiology Department
  • Dr. Missy Wiggins, Professor-Computer Science & Physics

Medical Crisis Response  

  • Dr. Steve Martin, Director of the Department of Physician Assistant Studies (Co-chair)
  • Dr. Kimberly Sharp, Dean of the School of Nursing (Co-chair)
  • Dr. Peggy Davis, Associate Professor and Faculty Instructor-Physician Assistant Studies
  • Tracey Harrison, Director of Public Relations
  • Kelly Martin, Administrative Assistant-Physician Assistant Studies
  • Mary Miller, Assistant Dean for Information, Technology, and Legal Research-School of Law
  • Amber Nesenson, Instructor-School of Nursing
  • Dr. Erin Norcross, Associate Professor-Biology
  • Dr. Tom Williams, Executive Director of Campus Operations

Student Emergency Aid Review Committee

  • Dr. Jim Turcotte, Vice President for Enrollment Services and Executive Director of Alumni Affairs (Chair)

  • Tracey Harrison, Director of Public Relations
  • Laura Jackson, Chief Financial Officer
  • Karen Key, Assistant Controller
  • Dr. Mignon Kucia, Assistant Professor-Communication
  • Dr. Laurie Lawson, Chair of BSW Program and Assistant Professor-Sociology
  • Karon McMillan, Director of Financial Aid
  • Dr. Ivan Parke, Assistant Chair and Professor-Christian Studies
  • Judy Qualls, MC Law- Director of Student Services