Walters State Community College will hold its forty-fifth commencement ceremony at 7 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 13, in the “Z” Buda Assembly Hall and Gymnasium, located inside the Dr. Jack E. Campbell College Center on the Morristown campus.
The college will confer over 700 technical certificates, academic certificates, associate of applied science, associate of science, associate of arts and associate of teaching degrees.
Dr. Wade B. McCamey, president of the college, will deliver the commencement speech. While McCamey has served the college in varying capacities for decades, this will mark the first time he has addressed graduates.
McCamey’s distinguished 40-plus year career in education began as a geography and biology instructor in the Greene County School System. At the age of 26, he became of Tennessee’s youngest high school principals when he was chosen at 26 to lead Chuckey-Doak High School.
McCamey joined Walters State in 1979, when he was hired to direct the college’s evening and off-campus instruction. He also taught educational psychology. He was named assistant dean and then associate dean of evening and off-campus instruction before leaving temporarily the college temporarily when he was elected superintendent of Greene County Schools in 1988.
McCamey returned to Walters State in 1992 as chair of the behavioral/social sciences division and associate professor of education. He was named vice president for academic affairs in 1997 and served in that position until 2001, when he was named president of Roane State Community College in Harriman, Tenn. During his tenure at Roane State, the college became the only public institution of higher education in the state to achieve a perfect score for three consecutive years on the Tennessee Higher Education Commission’s performance funding standards. The college also developed a new, permanent center in Campbell County under his leadership.
In 2005, McCamey returned to Walters State when he was named president. The success he had at Roane State in THEC’s performance funding carried over to Walters State when the college achieved a perfect score of 100 for the first time in history during his first year as president. During his tenure as president, the college has realized record enrollment, has been recognized nationally for its use of technology in the classroom, has expanded facilities at all four campus sites, been recognized nationally as a great college to work for and is consistently ranked as one of the safest campuses in the country.
McCamey earned three degrees from East Tennessee State University and also
holds an associates’s degree from Hiwassee College.