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Courtesy photoPictured congratulating SCC EXCEL award winner Richard Stepehson, second from right, and EXCEL finalist Darren Smith, center, are, from left, SCC Foundation director Lisa Turlington, president Dr. Paul Hutchines and Ann Butler, dean of Continuing Education.
Courtesy photoPictured congratulating SCC EXCEL award winner Richard Stepehson, second from right, and EXCEL finalist Darren Smith, center, are, from left, SCC Foundation director Lisa Turlington, president Dr. Paul Hutchines and Ann Butler, dean of Continuing Education.
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The Sampson Community College Foundation has awarded the EXCEL award for many years to recognize outstanding employees of the college. This year, 1999 SCC graduate Richard Stephenson has taken home that award.


“As a member of the Continuing Ed team, Richard is one the first persons to arrive on campus each morning, often one of the last to leave late at night, and he is frequently here on Saturday and sometimes Sunday,” says Ann Butler, Dean of Continuing Education at Sampson Community College. “Whether teaching, overseeing his many classes, or analyzing data for Con Ed projects, Richard gives 110 percent to whatever the task is at hand.”


Exemplary clinical practice at Sampson Regional Medical Center paved the way for Stephenson’s life work. His extensive background and expertise in rescue and fire services also prepared him for his current role as director of Emergency and Medical Programs at SCC where he plans, organizes and directs instructional and administrative activities of the emergency, medical and public safety program areas.


He serves as the liaison to Sampson County EMS. He has been designated as the county fire director for the North Carolina Department of Insurance Office of State Fire Marshals, serving as the director of Education. He works diligently with local industry to provide training in safety and emergency services such as confined space training. His work training the students at Tarheel Challenge Academy has enhanced their life-skills and computer proficiency, Butler noted.


Lisa Turlington, executive director for the SCC Foundation said, “I have had the pleasure of working with Richard on a special project of program support through the Foundation, and he has the best interest of his students at the forefront of all that he does. We are lucky to have him her at the college.”


Also a finalist, Darren Smith is a Biology instructor at the college.


During the fall, Smith taught a full load of courses, plus attended multiple meetings to aid in SCC’s preparation for the SACS/COC compliance document. Smith has been and continues to be a very active member of the Planning Council. In spring 2013, he joined the QEP committee to help them ready their materials for review for SACS.He also has served this academic year as vice president of the Faculty Senate.


“Darren wears a lot of hats her at SCC and we appreciate all that he does to make our school run smoothly,” said Turlington.

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