• Submitted by: NFCC Office of College Advancement

NFCC Honors College Employees for Professional Achievement and Years of Service


MADISON, FL – North Florida Community College employees gathered at the NFCC Student Center recently for the college’s annual employee recognition ceremony. The gathering honors all NFCC employees for their contributions to the college, recognizes NFCC’s Above and Beyond award recipients and honors employees for years of service to NFCC.

Two NFCC employees were selected to receive NFCC’s Above and Beyond Award for 2015-2016 – Denise Bell of Madison County and David Dunkle of Taylor County. Bell is the Student Services Coordinator and Equity Coordinator at NFCC and a former long-time resident of Suwannee County. Dunkle is the Associate Dean Economic Development and Technical Programs. The Above and Beyond awards are given each year to NFCC employees, staff and faculty members, who go above the call of their regular jobs to assist students, to assist their colleagues or to benefit the college.

Fourteen employees received service awards from NFCC recognizing years of service ranging from five years to 35 years. They are:

35 Years: Tony Blanton (Madison County)

25 Years: Cindy Gaylard (Madison County), Karen Surles (Madison County) and Frances Adleburg (Leon County)

15 Years: Diane Bethea (Madison County), Annette Thornton (Madison County)

10 Years: Lawson “Skip” James (Madison County), Denise Bell (Madison County), Phillip Taylor (Madison County), Susan Taylor (Jefferson County), Margaret Wilkerson (Madison County), Wesley Thompson (Madison County) and Tammy Horne (Madison County)

5 Years: Tyler Coody (Lowndes County, Ga.)

NFCC celebrated the upcoming retirements of Amelia Mulkey, Dean of Administrative Services, and Dr. Cheryl James, Executive Director of Development and External Affairs. Both have dedicated numerous years of service to education; Mulkey has been with the college for over 35 years and Dr. James has served over 30 years in education at NFCC, the Madison County School District and Hillsborough Community College. Tony Blanton, former HVAC Maintenance Specialist at NFCC, and Peggy Harris, former Financial Aid Specialist, were also honored as retirees. Blanton dedicated 35 years of service to NFCC and Harris retired after 19 years of service. Both retired from NFCC in early 2016.

Fourteen employees received special recognition for professional achievement. Certificates were given in honor of employees completing degrees, publishing works, and/or serving on state and national boards among other things. Those honored include Madison County residents Johnathan Cooks, Rick Davis, Bill Eustace, Elizabeth Gonzales, Desiree James, Mike Kirkland, Keisha Martinez, Kim Scarboro, Julie Townsend, Margaret Wilkerson and Lynn Wyche; Jefferson County resident Susan Taylor; Lafayette County resident Robin Pearson; and Taylor County resident Heather Barton.

Congratulations to all NFCC employees for their dedication and contributions to the college, community and education.

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