Two executives at Fayetteville Technical Community College have been appointed to the senior leadership team, according to a news release from the college.
Murtis Worth has been named senior vice president for academic and student services. Tiffany Watts has been named chief of staff and vice president for strategic initiatives.
The FTCC board of trustees voted unanimously to accept both appointments on Monday, the release said.
“I am excited to welcome Dr. Worth and Dr. Watts to the executive leadership team at the college," college President Mark Sorrells said in the news release. “Both have played key roles at FTCC in leading efforts to improve student outcomes, enhance program offerings, advance teaching and learning, and assist with raising and efficiently managing external funds acquired from philanthropic sources.”
Worth moves into the job that Sorrells held before becoming FTCC’s president on Jan. 1. Worth, who was previously dean of nursing, had been in her new job on an interim basis since mid-January.
Worth joined FTCC in 2020 and led an expansion of the nursing program from an enrollment of about 100 students to about 270 while also improving student retention. She helped implement a plan to move the nursing department into larger and renovated quarters. The new Nursing Education & Simulation Center includes seven simulation labs, six classrooms, a computer lab, state-of-the-art simulation equipment and Learning Space recording technology, the release said.
Worth also led the school’s COVID-19 response, including regular testing of employees, hosting vaccination clinics on campus, and partnering with the Cumberland County Health Department to supply needed personnel, nursing students and faculty at countywide vaccination clinics.
Before joining FTCC, Worth was interim associate dean of the school of nursing at Fayetteville State University. She also was an assistant professor and clinical coordinator at FSU and a nursing and clinical coordinator at FTCC. She has nearly two decades of clinical nursing experience in the private sector, the release said.
Worth earned an associate degree in nursing at FTCC; her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in nursing from East Carolina University; and her doctor of philosophy degree at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.
Watts is moving into a new position at FTCC whose responsibilities will include overseeing the implementation of a dozen or more workforce and student-success initiatives. She will facilitate efforts among the curriculum, student services and continuing education staffs to better align to business and community needs, the release said.
Watts joined FTCC in 2020 as associate vice president of curriculum programs. She helped establish and coordinate activities of the Center for Faculty Development, which supports faculty growth. She leads several institutional efforts related to assessment and accreditation, quality assurance, online learning, accelerating credential completion, and advancing educational attainment levels, the release said. Watts also oversees assessment of student learning outcomes.
As associate vice president, Watts was selected to participate in the Belk Center at N.C. State’s North Carolina Community College Leadership Program. She was also chosen as a data equity fellow with the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities and serves as a peer evaluator with the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges.
In addition, Watts has been an associate editor for the N.C. Community College Journal of Teaching Innovation and co-hosts the Community College Faculty Association’s podcast, “58 Collaborate.”
Before joining FTCC, Watts was director of strategic research initiatives in the Strategy & Policy Division at the University of North Carolina General Administration; a research scientist with the Center for Child and Family Policy at Duke University; a psychologist at Duke University Medical Center; and an instructor at several universities, the release said.
Watts received her bachelor’s degree in psychology, with honors, from N.C. State University and completed her Doctor of Philosophy in school psychology at UNC-Chapel Hill.