Fran Taylor to head new career and vocation initiative
Montgomery, Ala.—The Huntingdon College community will welcome Fran Taylor, former high school principal and guidance counselor at Montgomery Catholic Preparatory School, to head the College's Center for Career and Vocation, effective July 2. The CCV, formerly a part of the academic affairs arm of the College, will begin operation as part of the College's Office of College and Alumni Relations as Taylor takes office.
"We are thrilled that Fran Taylor could join us to head this initiative," said Huntingdon College President J. Cameron West. "She comes with impeccable credentials and important experience in teaching, counseling and educational leadership. I couldn't think of a better match for this vital position."
Anthony Leigh, vice president for college and alumni relations, says the new CCV model follows that of a few other colleges—most notably Wofford College and the University of Richmond. "Partnering the CCV under this office's umbrella enables connections between students, alumni, and the community to flourish," says Leigh. "Employers who are seeking interns and professionals will be connected with our College, our students, and our alumni, and, in turn, students and alumni will have ready connections with potential employers and internship placements. Fran Taylor is the perfect person to provide guidance to our students who are making vocational choices and are seeking part-time or full-time employment, and to ascertain prospective employers' needs."
Taylor holds Bachelor of Science and Master of Education in Teaching degrees from the University of Montevallo and has earned secondary teacher certification in English and physical education and graduate-level certification in guidance counseling. She served as a teacher and coach at Pelham High School and Elmore County High School from 1974 until joining Montgomery Catholic as a high school guidance counselor in 2001, where she moved to the position of high school principal in 2008. She holds memberships in the National Catholic Education Association, the Association for Supervision and Curriculum, the Alabama High School Athletic Directors and Coaches Association, Delta Kappa Gamma International Teachers Organization, Elmore County Retired Teachers Education Association, Alabama Education Association, and the National Education Association.
"I'm thrilled to join the Huntingdon College family and embark on this exciting new commitment to help students realize their dreams at such a crucial time in their lives," said Taylor. "Huntingdon College has become an integral part of our family. Our son, Alex, recently graduated from Huntingdon, and we know first-hand what a special place it is. I appreciate the confidence President West and Vice President Leigh have placed in me and I look forward to helping make a difference in the lives of each Huntingdon student."
West, who formed the CCV in 2008, sees the office as mission-centered and a vital part of the promise the College makes to students and families. "Huntingdon, a liberal arts college where students are known and mentored by faculty, is uniquely positioned to serve students as they discern where their gifts and talents and skills can meet the world's needs," said West. "Our placement rates into graduate and professional schools and into employment are far higher than the national averages. Connecting the CCV with alumni and the community will better serve our students and our community as we move into the future."
Taylor is married to Tony Taylor, a teacher and coach at Hardaway High School in Columbus, Georgia. Their son, Alex, is a 2012 graduate of Huntingdon College. Taylor's office will be located in the College and Alumni Relations suite on the second floor of Flowers Hall. She can be reached at (334) 833-4556 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Huntingdon College, grounded in the Judeo-Christian tradition of the United Methodist Church, is committed to nurturing growth in faith, wisdom, and service and to graduating individuals prepared to succeed in a rapidly changing world. A coeducational liberal arts college, Huntingdon's motto is "Enter to grow in wisdom; go forth to apply wisdom in service."