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Tallahassee Community College announces staff Excellence Award recipients

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (March 18, 2014) – Tallahassee Community College is proud to announce its recipients of the annual National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development Excellence Awards.

2014 honorees include Bill Bierbaum, director of certificate programs at the Florida Public Safety Institute; Jennifer Bradley, assistant to the dean in the Division of Communications and Humanities; Stephanie Breedlove, professor of developmental mathematics; Carol Chenoweth, faculty librarian; Brian Kupfer, associate professor of political science; and Patrick McDermott, associate professor of college success and career planning. NISOD’s Excellence Awards recognize men and women who have demonstrated outstanding commitment to their students and colleagues.

In 1989, in connection with a University of Texas at Austin national study of teaching excellence, NISOD hosted its first ceremony honoring NISOD Excellence Award recipients. The response to that ceremony was so positive that NISOD began what has become the largest and most inspiring gathering that recognizes the achievements of community college and technical college faculty, administrators and staff.

"The NISOD Excellence Award winners for 2014 represent the outstanding efforts of the faculty and staff here at TCC," said Karinda Barrett, director of TCC’s Center for Teaching, Learning and Leadership. "With a strong emphasis on supporting our students, these inspiring people have made great contributions in creating a productive and positive learning environment at TCC."

“Each of the six honorees plays an integral role in the success and growth of the College,” said TCC President Jim Murdaugh. “We are tremendously proud of the work they do.”

Excellence Award recipients will be celebrated during NISOD’s annual International Conference on Teaching and Leadership Excellence, May 25-28, in Austin, Texas. During the Excellence Awards Dinner and Celebration, each honoree will receive a specially cast pewter medallion. Honorees will also be included in a special booklet that features congratulatory ads from many of the recipients’ colleges and will be listed in a multi-page display in a special edition of Community College Week.

“Recognizing those individuals who have contributed to student success and their colleges’ mission is something we look forward to doing each year,” said Edward J. Leach, NISOD’s director. “The extraordinary work of these men and women includes not only what they do for their students and colleagues, but what they do for the communities in which they live and work. We’re honored to be able to play a part in celebrating their achievements.”

For information contact Karinda Barrett at (850) 201-6209 or

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