A committee consisting of faculty, staff, administrators and board members has chosen three finalists in the search for a Vice President for Development at BRTC. The three, according to Human Resources Assistant Amber Green, are Dina Hufstedler of Walnut Ridge, Karen Liebhaber of Pocahontas and Howard Moore, Jr. of Ripley, MS.
Hufstedler is currently Director of Community Development at BRTC; Liebhaber is currently an instructor of English, literature and technical writing at BRTC; and Moore is currently serving as a contractor, preparing grant proposals, completing applications and raising funds for non-profit organizations.
Hufstedler has been with the Office of Development at BRTC since 2003 when she was hired as secretary for the department. She was promoted to Project Specialist in 2007 and to her current position in 2013. She has also taught Writing Fundamentals, Business Communications and Introduction to Computer Concepts as an adjunct instructor.
Prior to joining BRTC, Hufstedler worked six years for the Walnut Ridge Public Schools as Parent Center Coordinator and Coordinator of the MealTracker program, and for three years as Parent Center Coordinator at M.D. Williams Intermediate School in Pocahontas through the Arkansas Head Start Transition Demonstration Project. She is a graduate of Walnut Ridge High School and holds a BS degree in marketing and an MSE degree with a business technology emphasis, both from Arkansas State University. She has three children and two grandchildren and is chair-elect of the Lawrence County Chamber of Commerce Executive Board.
Liebhaber began working at BRTC in 2000 as instructor of English and added the roles of Distance Education Coordinator and Moodle System Administrator in 2003. From 2011-2012 she served as Director of Distance Education before returning to the classroom to teach full time. She also serves as an advisor for both Rotoract and Phi Theta Kappa, student organizations at BRTC, and has served as acting English Department Head.
Other work experience of Liebhaber includes instructional design contracting with Williams Baptist College, teaching English Composition online for the University of Phoenix, teaching English for Pikes Peak Community College, and being a technical writer and indexer for Euronet Worldwide. She is a published writer and has received numerous awards for her poetry and short stories. She is a graduate of Pocahontas High School and holds both BA and MA degrees in English from Arkansas State University. She is President of the St. Paul School Board and a member of the Studio of the Arts/Imperial Dinner Theatre Governing Board. She and her husband, Brett, have two children.
Moore was Director of Development for Rust College in Holly Springs, MS, from 1997-2008, then served as Executive Director of the Mississippi School for Mathematics and Science Foundation until 2011 when he became an independent contractor and fundraising consultant in Hickory Flat, MS.
In 2012, Moore was named Vice President for Institutional Advancement at Concordia College of Alabama and served in that position until 2013 when he returned to contracting. He holds a BAE degree in speech pathology, audiology and special education from the University of Mississippi and an MS degree in Rehabilitation Counseling from Memphis State University.
The committee selected six semi-finalists from a pool of 18 applicants, and the six were interviewed via Skype on June 19. Three finalists were then chosen from the six and are scheduled for on-campus interviews to be conducted July 28-30. Receptions will be held during this time to allow faculty, staff and the community an opportunity to meet the candidates. The dates and times of the receptions will be announced at a later time. The position became open with the December retirement of longtime VP for Development Dr. Jan Ziegler who held the position since the inception of the department in 2003.
The VP for Development is responsible for planning, leading and implementing college fund-raising initiatives, development, research and strategic planning, as well as coordinating the college’s grant applications. The VP also serves as REACH Coordinator, liaison for the BRTC Foundation, the institution’s Higher Education liaison, and alternate liaison for BRTC to the Higher Learning Commission, in addition to leading a team of development, marketing and communications professionals and administrative staff.