Huntingdon News

June 07, 2011
For immediate release:

Huntingdon College
News Release

Huntingdon announces academic appointments

Dr. Sid Stubbs

Montgomery, Ala.—Huntingdon College President J. Cameron West has announced the appointment of Dr. Sidney J. Stubbs to the role of provost and dean of the college, and appointments to the College's Office of the Provost, Staton Center for Learning Enrichment, and Center for Career and Vocation.

Stubbs, a 24-year member of the Huntingdon faculty and resident of Auburn, has most recently served as associate vice president for institutional assessment and compliance, professor of mathematics, and chair, Department of Mathematics.  He earned his Bachelor of Science degree at the University of the South; Master of Science at the University of Tennessee; and Ph.D. at Auburn University.  He is an award-winning member of faculty and was presented the President's Medallion after serving in an interim capacity as vice president for academic affairs earlier in West's tenure.

"Dr. Stubbs has lived and breathed Huntingdon for virtually his entire professional life, and he has remained faithful and committed to the well-being of this institution, which he loves," said West.  "Rare and blessed is the small liberal arts college that is served by a chief academic officer with the intellect, the depth and breadth of experience, the hard-earned wisdom, the integrity of character, and the tenacious institutional loyalty Sid Stubbs lives out every day.  I am grateful to him, and I am honored to make this appointment."

With the move, which fills an opening created when former vice president for academic affairs and dean of faculty Dr. Kyle Fedler announced his move to take a position at Florida Southern College, the Office of Institutional Assessment and Compliance will merge with the newly-created Office of the Provost.  Ms. Adrienne Gaines, Huntingdon Class of 2000, will assume the role of Assistant to the Provost for Institutional Assessment and Compliance. 

Joining the Office of the Provost as executive assistant is Ms. Tricia Grier.  Grier earned her Bachelor of Science degree in business administration at Auburn University and has served as specialty society coordinator for the Medical Association of the State of Alabama; office manager/executive assistant for Hudson International; lead concierge for Wynlakes Golf and Country Club; customer service staff for Southern Homes and Gardens; administrative assistant for Raycom Media; and in various positions for AmSouth Bank.  She has served as an ambassador for the Montgomery Area Chamber of Commerce, a United Way campaign ambassador and volunteer, a member of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society's Team in Training, a team member for Relay for Life for the American Cancer Society, and a fundraiser for the Montgomery Humane Society.

Dr. Erastus C. Dudley, assistant vice president for academic enrichment and professor of biology, will serve in an expanded role overseeing the College's Staton Center for Learning Enrichment and Center for Career and Vocation.

Mr. James Hilgartner, assistant professor of English at Huntingdon since 2006, will serve as director of the Staton Center and the Writing Center.  Hilgartner earned his Master of Fine Arts in creative writing at the University of Alabama; Master of Arts in Teaching at the School of International Training, Brattleboro, Vermont; and Bachelor of Arts in English at Amherst College, Massachusetts.  He has published poetry and fiction in a number of literary journals and publications.  He has taught English to speakers of other languages for the Rochester City School District; Tufts University; Jewish Vocational Services; Babson College; the American Language Institute in Lisbon; and the Community Learning Center in Cambridge, Massachusetts.  He has served as a fiction editor for Black Warrior Review and developed community-based creative writing classes for the Book Cellar bookstore in Tuscaloosa.  "Jim Hilgartner has been an active, involved member of faculty and has proven his abilities to lead and inspire students," said Stubbs.  "We look forward to his creative ideas to further strengthen the Staton Center and Writing Center as we seek new ways to reach students who can benefit from these services, as well as new ways of implementing services that maximize the impact of these programs."

Ms. Jamie Brazell, Huntingdon Class of 2009, has been a member of the Staton Center staff since 2008, serving as a tutor and learning support specialist. She will continue in an expanded role as assistant director of the Writing Center.  Ms. Brazell has worked as an editor and telemarketer for Athletic Publishing Company, Montgomery, and as a graphic designer at Midstate Advertising, Montgomery.

Mr. Chris Clark, Huntingdon Class of 2007, will direct the College's Center for Career and Vocation (CCV).  Clark has served as a learning support specialist and assistant director of the Staton Center since 2009 and has worked closely with CCV programs.  He will continue some of his former responsibilities as he provides leadership and guidance for the CCV.  The Center for Career and Vocation prepares students to seek employment both during and after college, assists with preparations for graduate school testing and application, and helps student find internships that provide practical experience and hands-on knowledge in their career fields.

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.

For more information, contact the Huntingdon College Office of Communications at (334) 833-4515.


Su Ofe
Associate Vice President for
Communications and Marketing
Office: (334) 833-4515
Cell: (334) 324-6591

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