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Joe Huff, Director of the Galveston College Foundation and Special Events.
Joe Huff III, a twenty-four year veteran of Galveston College, has been chosen by Galveston College President Dr. Elva Concha LeBlanc to head the Galveston College Foundation as Director in an expanded role aimed at large scale fundraising. Huff will be charged with the responsibility of building a larger scope of fundraising goals that include Universal Access, athletics, program and faculty endowments, and campus improvements.
“Joe knows the College and the community and I have made him aware of the financial resources that will be necessary to make Galveston College a learning college designed for the twenty- first century learner,” said Dr. LeBlanc. “Despite strong support from our state representative and senator, our funds from the State of Texas are not likely to increase. Our local tax base - while growing stronger - cannot support all the program and facility needs of the College, so we look to resource development opportunities from our current and future partners, be they national or local foundations, corporate donors, graduates, employees or constituents,” she added.
The Galveston College Foundation was formed in 1996 as a separate non-profit 501(c)3 designed to support and enhance the ability of Galveston College to accomplish its mission of improving people’s lives through lifelong learning. The Galveston College Foundation began its work by introducing the nationally acclaimed Universal Access program allowing free tuition, fees, and some book support for all local high school, G.E.D., and home-schooled graduates attend Galveston College beginning in the Fall of 2001. The Universal Access program uses the federal and state grant programs along with a $3.1 million endowment to provide Universal Access grants to students regardless of income.
Huff has served as chairman or president for numerous community-wide organizations. Presently, he serves as a Board member of Moody Memorial First United Methodist Church, is Vice President of Marketing for the Bay Area Council of Boy Scouts, serves on the Board of Directors of Communities in Schools, and is a member of the Galveston Academic Excellence Booster Club. Special honors include receipt of the Bay Area Council of Boy Scouts District Merit Award in 2003, being named to the national Marketing Committee of Community Leadership Association in 2001, recognition as Outstanding Rotarian in 1999 and as a Rotary International Paul Harris Fellow, and he was named Galveston College’s Administrator of the Year in 1992. As well, Huff has conducted the Leadership Galveston program at Galveston College as an adjunct instructor from 1995-2005, with 200 graduates.
Joe, his wife Laury Beth, and family reside on the Island.
In addition to teaching an “Introduction to Cycling” Class (next session is scheduled for July 12-August 2), Joey Chavarria is also a local businessman. Owner and operator of Island Cycle Repair, Chavarria learned first hand how to “recycle” and rebuild a business – from the ground up - after he lost everything due to Hurricane Rita. With an unwavering enthusiasm and passion for his sport and profession –along with a lot of hard work and tenacity – Chavarria’s business (in his new location at 2505 Market) is again thriving. And now he’s eager to give back even more to the Galveston community by teaching this special class.
Designed as refresher training, “Introduction to Cycling” reacquaints the cyclist as to what it takes to be a competent and safe cyclist. Participants will learn proper bicycle fit, selection, and technique; safety and security, proper clothing and accessories, where to ride in Galveston, and the resources for riding in adjacent areas. For more information about the class, call 409.944.1344 or check online to www.gc.edu/gc and click on Continuing Education.
Dr. Dayton Hall, coordinator of the Galveston College Criminal Justice programs, was recently appointed interim Dean of Academics. In this position, Hall will be responsible for providing college-wide leadership, supervision and direction for the academic instructional programs including program development, curriculum and articulation initiatives, assessment of student learning outcomes, and supporting the Learning College initiatives. He replaces Dr. Bea Espinosa who has accepted a Vice President’s position at Arizona Western Community College.
Under Hall’s leadership, the Criminal Justice programs have grown in course offerings. The criminal justice program includes the Law Enforcement Academy (a 9-month college credit program that leads to state licensure as a Texas peace officer) and a two-year Academic Program - which offers graduates an associate of applied science degree and the opportunity for entry-level positions in law enforcement and corrections, as well as counting towards a 4-year bachelor’s program at select universities.