University announces six faculty and staff retirements

At the close of the Spring 2018 semester, Trevecca Nazarene University recently honored six faculty and staff members who are retiring.

Steve Harris
Dean of Students

Steve Harris will retire from his position as dean of students at the end of June. He has served the University for 39 years, 34 as the dean of students. In addition to his role in student development, Harris also served as a coach during his Trevecca tenure, coaching volleyball, women’s tennis and as an assistant coach for the men’s basketball program under Coach Frank Wilson. He was named dean emeritus during Trevecca’s Commencement Convocation, held earlier this month.

Joyce Snodgrass
Administrative Secretary
Office of Student Development

A vital member of the Office of Student Development, Joyce Snodgrass will retire from the University this year after 21 years of service. Snodgrass spent the majority of her tenure in the Office of Student Development, with the exception of the first six months when she worked as the accounts payable clerk. “Working with students and my coworkers have been the best things about my work,” she said. “I’ve enjoyed the positivity of the campus. It’s just been a great place to work. After her retirement on May 31, Snodgrass plans to travel, spend more time with her grandchildren and enjoy being outdoors as much as possible.

Dr. Judy Bivens
Co-director of Accreditation and Assessment
School of Education

After 18 years at Trevecca and more than 25 years of service in education, Dr. Judy Bivens retired from the University this spring. During her years at Trevecca, Bivens has served in various roles, including co-director of the accreditation assessments, Instructional Resources Center librarian and more. She was awarded emeritus status during Trevecca’s Commencement Convocation earlier this month.

Ruth Cox
Professor of Education
Chair of the Institutional Review Board

Ruth Cox retired this year after more than 18 years of service to Trevecca and 20-plus years as an educator in both public and private school systems in Florida. She previously served as the director of teacher education at Trevecca. Earlier this month, Cox was named professor emeritus of education and director of teacher education.

Marilyn Jordan
Receptionist and University switchboard operator

The voice of Trevecca, Marilyn Jordan, has retired after many years of answering the University switchboard. In total, Jordan has served the University for 17 years, which includes working with the School of Education’s post-baccalaureate program, Alumni Relations and as an administrative assistant for the communication studies and English departments. “I have loved everywhere I’ve been [on campus],” Jordan said. “I’ve love the people I worked with.” Jordan says her wide experience across campus helped her do her job well. “One of the reasons I loved the switchboard so much is that I’ve worked in different departments and have a working knowledge of what each department does,” she said. “It was fun for me to direct calls and feel confident I was sending them to the right person.” Jordan plans to make time to enjoy her love of crafting, sewing and cooking during her retirement, as well as visiting friends and family. “I’m just not going to have a schedule,” she said.

Annette Harber
Assistant Librarian

Annette Harber completed her bachelor’s degree at Trevecca through the School of Graduate and Continuing Studies’ Bachelor of Arts in management and human relations program. She later returned to earn a master’s degree in library and information science and eventually joined the library staff. She has most recently worked as the systems and electronic resources librarian. She retired this semester after 15 years of service to the University.

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