Bev Harvey, a Southeast Community College graduate who has held numerous positions at the institution, is the new vice president for student services/Lincoln Campus director.
Harvey replaces Jeanette Volker, who retired in early January after 34 years.
Harvey grew up on a farm near Lyons and graduated from Lyons High School in 1984. She attended Wayne State College for a short time, then moved to Lincoln and enrolled at SCC in 1986. She graduated from the Radiologic Technology program in June 1989.
After working in radiology in Jefferson City, Mo., and at the former Lincoln General Hospital, Harvey became a part-time clinical instructor in SCC’s Radiography program. In 1995 she accepted the clinical instructor position in the program. She became program chair two years later.
Harvey played a key role in SCC delivering the program curriculum to other parts of Nebraska via fiber optic satellite. In 2000, SCC offered its first online program course and became the first accredited online Radiography program in the nation, eventually offering the program across the lower 48 states, Hawaii and American Samoa.
In July 2009, Harvey became dean of the Continuing Education Division at SCC. During her tenure she became a Champion with Global Corporate College, a network of community colleges around the nation to deliver workforce training to companies with a national and international footprint. As Champion, Harvey worked with community colleges from 10 different states across the central and western region to engage companies in corporate training. In addition, SCC established itself as the leader in creating customized e-learning courses for corporate training.
Harvey highlighted some short- and long-term goals in her new position.
“As far as the Lincoln Campus goes, I’m working with staff to finalize various construction projects at the different Lincoln locations, as well as prioritizing future projects,” she said. “As for Student Services, the short-term goal is to get to know all of my staff better and find out what they need from me to support them in carrying out the college mission and meeting the needs of all of our students and helping them do their job to the best of their ability.”
Harvey said she plans to utilize data to drive future actions such as assessing student needs “to make their time with us as positive as possible and to support their learning experiences.”
“I also want to identify what long-term training programs are needed to help staff continuously improve their knowledge, skills and abilities,” she said. “I want to bring our use of technology to the forefront and implement strategies that strive to engage and enhance the college experience for students using the technology that they are used to on a daily basis, in addition to assisting those without access and/or skills.”
Harvey has a 9-year-old son, Harrison, and a 7-year-old daughter, Lillian (Lillie).