Boehms Receives Teaching Excellence Award from ACBSP

Mary Jo Boehms, department chair and associate professor of business at Jackson State Community College, has received a Teaching Excellence Award for Region 3 of the Association of Collegiate Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP). The award is given to only one faculty member from a two year ACBSP member institution each year. Boehms has received regional recognition, a cash reward, and a medallion.

As a recipient, she was a nominee for the International Teaching Excellence Award at the annual conference in Chicago. Boehms has taught at Jackson State Community College since 1978. She began as an adjunct, and was hired full time in 1982.

Boehms has taught 32 different business courses for the college, but regularly teaches Introduction to Business, Principles in Management, Quality Management, and Business Statistics. Boehms became involved with the ACBSP organization in 1997, when JSCC’s business department received accreditation. She now serves as Treasurer for the Region 3 division and is also on the National ACBSP Marketing Committee. Colleges and universities in the states of Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee are represented in Region 3. ACBSP selects recipients for its Teaching Excellence Awards in the spring of each year.

The Teaching Excellence Award Committee has established five criteria for the selection of recipients including; classroom teaching and learning, institutional versatility, curriculum development, professional development, and community commitment.

The organization was founded in 1988 by its members to fulfill a need for specialized accreditation by institutions of higher education with business schools and programs. It is geographically divided into eight regions. Each region has a set of officers selected from that region.

ACBSP’s mission is to develop, promote, and recognize best practices that contribute to continuous improvement of business education and accredits qualified business programs.

Finney Appointed JSCC Vice President of Student Services

Dr. Bruce Blanding, president of Jackson State Community College, is pleased to announce the hiring of Mr. Paul L. Finney as Vice President of Student Services. The position supervises the areas of records, admissions, financial aid, testing, health services, student activities, counseling, placement services and athletics.

Finney’s appointment is effective July 1. "After an exhaustive search process, we selected Paul for this position because of his extensive experience in student services and his excellent relationships with students," said Blanding. "We look forward to continuing to work together to better the lives of our students and enhance their experiences here at Jackson State."

"I am thrilled to be continuing my work here with the students at Jackson State," said Finney. "I consider it a privilege to be able to lead the dedicated professionals in the student services area that work with and for the students on a daily basis. Together, we hope to work as advocates for the students and continue to improve campus conditions and processes."

Finney has over 20 years experience in student services beginning at Lambuth University in 1968. While at Lambuth, he also worked in development and alumni affairs.

He began his association with Jackson State in 1995 in the division of continuing education and corporate services. Finney served in roles of increasing responsibility in the division working with local industry in contract training and with non-credit students on open enrollment classes.

In 2004, he was appointed to serve as interim vice president for institutional advancement and community development and as interim vice president for student services at Jackson State. He holds a bachelor’s degree in history/political science from Lambuth University and a master’s in education with an emphasis in guidance and personnel services from the University of Memphis.