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Released On:
Tuesday, January 25, 2011
Nicola Lawler
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TALLADEGA COLLEGE APPOINTS A VP FOR INSTITUTIONAL ADVANCEMENT


Talladega, Alabama—Talladega College is pleased to announce the appointment of Cassandra D. Blassingame to the position of Vice President for Institutional Advancement. Ms. Blassingame, a 1992 graduate of the college, brings fourteen years of progressive and successful experience as an educator and administrator in both the higher academic and nonprofit sectors. She comes to the position from the University of Virginia School of Continuing and Professional Studies, in Falls Church, VA, where she served both on the faculty and as the Program Director for the Business & Technology programs. She was featured in the Northern Virginia Technology Council Publication for the development and management of the Information Security Management Program and Cyber Security courses. She was also largely responsible for other special initiatives with the public and private sectors.

Dr. Billy C. Hawkins, President of Talladega College stated: “The Talladega College Family welcomes Ms. Blassingame and her family back home to her Talladega College beginnings, and we look forward to a successful opportunity for her to assist us in moving to the next level.”

Blassingame has also served as the Assistant to the Dean and Vice Provost and an Adjunct Assistant Professor for the School of Undergraduate Studies at the University of Maryland University College in Adelphi, Maryland. She served as Founding Director of Continuing Education for Harris-Stowe State University and Manager of Continuing Education for St. Louis Community College – Forest Park/HNEC, where she also served as a Program Coordinator and Adjunct Faculty member. She has also served as an Instructor at Sanford-Brown College in St. Charles, MO and an Educational Consultant for PLATO Learning Inc., in Bloomington, Minnesota.

In both her teaching and administrative capacities, she has developed curriculums, both non-credit and credit, on the undergraduate and graduate levels, and ranging from individual courses to entire certificate programs in business and technology. She taught online utilizing various learning management systems, and has hired, provided professional development opportunities, and evaluated and supported large groups of faculty and staff.

In addition to her work in academia, she served as the Executive Director for Housing and Community Services of Northern Virginia in Springfield, VA where she financially secured the organization through a very economically challenging period. Within 15 months, she was able to secure $430,000.00 in grant funding and donations and chaired three successful events to raise nearly $30,000.00.

Ms. Blassingame has served as a member and chair on several school-wide committees. She enjoys strategic planning and communication. She believes that people have to be equipped with a great sense of direction, not to exclude flexibility, and should move a positive agenda forward in an effort to participate in the local, national, regional, or global community.
She is a member of the Learning Resource Network (LERN); University of Continuing Education Association; American Association for Adult, Continuing and Community Education; Midwest Research to Practice in Adult Continuing and Community Education, and Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated.

Ms. Blassingame, will reside in Talladega, AL. She has three sons. Her favorite quote is “We are all geniuses, we just need an opportunity to show it” (author unknown). She feels her position as VP for Institutional Advancement will allow her to centrally utilize all of the practical knowledge she has gained over the years to assist with the critical initiatives sought to be achieved by the Administration and Board of Trustees of the college.

ABOUT TALLADEGA COLLEGE
Talladega College, founded in 1867, is Alabama's oldest historically black private college and among the oldest liberal arts colleges in the nation.


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The history of Talladega College began on November 20, 1865, when two former slaves William Savery and Thomas Tarrant, both of Talladega, met in convention with a group of new freedmen in Mobile, Alabama.

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