Tina

I would have never dreamed this could happen to a little girl from a working-class family, one who thought college was only available to the privileged.

We reached a point where we both knew I needed to go full time and work part time so I could finish college. First Citizens National Bank let me work part time at a bank while I completed my degree. I graduated in 1991 with a B.S. in education and a major in business. I took the challenge of managing the largest department in the bank while beginning an MBA program. I managed loan operations for a couple of years, then was promoted to Vice President and Branch Manager. After a few years, I was moved to the corporate office, positioned to take over as Chief Administrative Officer. I was blessed to be appointed as Dean of Continuing Education for Dyersburg State Community College, a position that required a master's degree. A few years later I was asked to serve as Interim Dean of Business and Technology. In 2008, I was promoted to Vice President for Institutional Advancement and Continuing Education for DSCC. I would have never dreamed this could happen to a little girl from a working-class family who thought college was only available to the privileged.