President Dana Miller said, "We are thrilled to have James Mullenaux take the reins as our new Student Services Director. James’s extensive human resources experience will serve him well as he transfers that expertise to working with our students. He has a great common sense approach to simplifying enrollment processes and shares our goal of making Southwest ATC the most student-friendly college around."
For the past six years, James has been the recruiting/human resources manager at Convergys. Prior to that, he was the branch manager for SOS Staffing in Cedar City. James is well acquainted with the college’s programs and students, having served on the College's Business Technology Occupational Advisory Committee for several years. James adds a BS in marketing and an MBA with a human resources emphasis to his credentials.
Todd Hess was selected as Employer Services Director from a field of over 50 well-qualified candidates. Todd brings a wealth of manufacturing experience to the position, co-founding DHS Products and playing a key role in its growth to over 100 employees and international distribution. As co-founder of "Tech-Up Utah" and founder of "Thinkubator", he is also deeply involved in technology integration and fostering business start-ups. In his new role, Todd will lead the Custom Fit program in creating customized training for regional employers. He will also spearhead the development of in-demand short term training to meet regional employers' needs.
Miller commented, "Todd's unique combination of experience, skills and entrepreneurial spirit will undoubtedly create many new opportunities for the College and powerful links between our programs and employers." Todd holds a bachelor’s degree in international business and is a Six Sigma Black Belt.
With these changes, the College also named Peggy Green as the Vice President of Institutional Advancement and Sharon Wilkerson as Vice President of Finance. In her new role, Peggy Green will lead the College's recruiting, marketing and distance education development efforts. Peggy has been employed at the College for eight years, first as a business technology instructor and most recently as the Student Services Director.
Sharon Wilkerson, previously the College's controller, has been instrumental in aligning the school's policies and practices with state and federal requirements. She plays a dual role at the college, also serving as the Human Resources Director.
Regarding these personnel changes and additions, Miller said, "One of the most rewarding aspects of my work is finding top-notch professionals willing to join our team and share our passion for preparing students for success in the workplace.” Miller is confident that the new changes will usher in a new era for Southwest Applied Technical College. "The addition of James and Todd to our team takes us to an entirely new level. We also look forward to the great impact Peggy and Sharon will have in their new roles with Southwest ATC."