It's a new chapter at South Plains College this week as a new president takes office. Doctor Kelvin Sharp takes on the role following the retirement of former president Doctor Gary McDaniel this past year. NewsChannel 11 spoke to the new president about his plans for the college.
"I don't think I realized this opportunity was probably going to come around as quick. I think I planned for this in my future, I'm not sure I planned on it happening in 2005," says newly appointed President Doctor Kelvin Sharp. He can agree that some of the best opportunities come in the blink of an eye.
Since 1999 Sharp has been part of the South Plains College family, serving as vice president, a role he says has prepared him for his presidency. "Understanding the needs of the different classroom needs whether it's a building project, some of those things have helped me a lot," explains Sharp.
In this next phase in his career he makes plans to continue SPC's strong relationship with universities and providing education on a community level. "We just have a great reputation. I think my first goal is to maintain that; my second goal is to reach first generation students and to convince students that coming to South Plains College is a way to improve their lives," says Sharp.
Darrell Grimes, now Vice-President, has worked alongside Dr. Sharp for the past five years and says it's Sharp's years as a teacher that have prepared him. "He was an educator first; and so that counts and he has other interests. He's a very well-rounded interesting person," says Grimes.
Those characteristics will help South Plains College continue to provide a top quality education for students. "I think we really here, in our heart believe that it's our goal to improve each student's life and that's what we work for," says the new president.
Sharp also plans to fight for a 13% increase in state funding for SPC this year. He says that extra funding would translate into lower costs for students.