Torry Reynolds, dean of the math, science, and technologies division at Forsyth Technical Community College.
City: Winston Salem
Duties: The dean of math, science & technologies provides leadership and assumes responsibility for managing divisional personnel, finances, academics, registration activities and community relations. The MST division includes seven academic departments and approximately 18 curricular programs including transfer degrees in science and engineering and technical credentials in programs such as biotechnology, nanotechnology, emergency preparedness and basic law enforcement.
Education: Bachelor’s, sociology and Afro-American studies, University of Pennsylvania; master’s, student affairs in higher education-administration, Kutztown University of Pennsylvania; Ph.D., philosophy, UNC-Greensboro; certified developmental educator, Appalachian State University
Previous position: Title III grant coordinator/project director at Forsyth Tech. In this role, I led the execution of a $2.25 million U.S. Department of Education Title III strengthening institutional programs grant entitled Improving Student Achievement through Faculty Development.
What excites you most about this new position? I am exhilarated by my new capacity to champion student success. I have dedicated my career to supporting students as they pursue their personal and career goals through higher education. I have been blessed with opportunities over the years to work directly with students and faculty to facilitate individual accomplishments. Now, as MST dean, I can promote student success on a systems level by advancing progressive processes, policies and procedures.
How will this job challenge you differently than previous ones? The MST division employs over 100 faculty and staff and educates thousands of students each semester. I am accountable to and for each and every person in the division. While the magnitude of responsibility can be daunting at times, I am committed to serving with passion and integrity.
First job? My first job was a Sears customer service representative at the Berkshire Mall in Wyomissing, Pennsylvania. I was 16 years old. It is sad to see the company going out of business 20 years later.
Best lesson from a mentor? My mentor had me reflect upon the words of Marianne Williamson’s poem “Our Deepest Fear.” My favorite excerpts from the poem are “We are all meant to shine…And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same…our presence automatically liberates others.” I try to shine my light everywhere I go and in all that I do.
Civic activity that has impacted you the most? I have the honor of serving on the board of directors for HandsOn Northwest North Carolina. HandsOn NWNC is a capacity-building organization that provides training, programs and services to local nonprofit organizations. Through HandsOn NWNC, I have joined with nonprofits throughout Forsyth County as they fulfill their mission of enriching our community. For me, HandsOn has reinforced Margaret Mead’s quote “Never underestimate the power of a small group of committed people to change the world. In fact, it is the only thing that ever has!”
Hobbies? I love all things weddings! I enjoy a steady visual diet of “Say Yes to the Dress” and “Four Weddings” and I am a part-time designer at Onieé’s Engagements in Greensboro. Weddings represent the realization of love and beauty. I couldn’t think of a better way to invest my free time.
By Jane Little – Data Reporter, Triad Business Journal
Feb 8, 2019, 11:52am EST Updated Feb 8, 2019, 1:09pm EST