Snead State Community College Employees Receive 2018 Chancellor’s Awards

11/16/2018

Four employees will represent Snead State Community College at the 2018 Chancellor’s Awards Ceremony on Monday, Nov. 19, in Mobile.

Chancellor’s Awards recipients are chosen in the categories of Administrator, Faculty and Support Staff. This year’s Chancellor’s Awards recipients from Snead State include Director of Health Sciences Dr. Dee McClellan in the Administrator category, Music Department Chair Dr. Barbara Hudson and Music Instructor Dr. Steven DiBlasi in the Faculty category, and Maintenance Lead Supervisor Eddie Simmons in the Staff category.

“One thing our Chancellor’s Awards winners have in common is their service to our students. They go above and beyond on a daily basis to guide students toward their success in a variety of ways,” said Snead State President Dr. Robert Exley. 

An employee of Snead State for seven years, Dr. McClellen has earned Bachelor and Master of Science degrees in Nursing from Jacksonville State University and a Doctor of Nursing Practice from the University of Alabama in Huntsville. Completing her doctorate degree while employed at Snead State, she said she’s appreciative of the supportive faculty and administration who encouraged her. Prior to working at Snead State, she served for one year as clinical supervisor at Wallace State Community College in Hanceville. She has more than 20 years of clinical experience in nursing with training in med/surgery, OB/nursery, Home Health/Hospice, and psychiatric nursing.

Dr. Hudson is currently in her seventh year of teaching at Snead State. She serves as Music Department Chair and Instructor of Applied Voice and Choral Ensembles. She is also the Director of the College Street Singers student ensemble, the student Concert Choir and the Community Choir, which she began and has built during her tenure at Snead State. Dr. Hudson holds a Doctor of Arts in Music, Master of Music and Bachelor of Music Education with emphases in vocal pedagogy and choral music education. Prior to working at Snead, she served for six years at Bluefield College in Virginia and for three years at Austin Peay State University in Tennessee. She is currently preparing two of the choirs she directs to travel to Carnegie Hall in New York City to sing in the Two-Year College Choral Festival in May 2019.

Joining the Snead State faculty in the fall 2015, Dr. DiBlasi is an instructor in the Music Department, covering the Theory and Piano instructional areas. He is also the Fine Arts Coordinator. He moved to Boaz from Memphis, Tenn., where he served as an adjunct instructor at the University of Memphis after completing his doctorate there in Collaborative Piano under Victor Asuncion. Dr. DiBlasi enjoys the interdepartmental and community engagement activities possible through Snead State including a recent performance of Mozart’s Piano Concerto in C Major, K. 467 with Snead State’s Community Wind Band.

Mr. Simmons began working for Snead State in October 2002 and now serves as the Maintenance Lead Supervisor. A 1987 graduate of West End High School, he earned a certificate in industrial electricity from Snead State in 2009. Prior to coming to Snead State, he served as a supervisor for Progress Rail Services. 

The Chancellor’s Awards began 28 years ago as a way to reward and encourage outstanding performance, creativity, and dedicated service. The awards are sponsored through the Chancellor’s Office with the Alabama Community College System. The awards ceremony is held in conjunction with the annual conference hosted by the Alabama Community College Association.

Pictured at left: From left to right, Dr. Barbara Hudson, Dr. Steven DiBlasi, Dr. Dee McClellan and Mr. Eddie Simmons


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