Byers and Payne Receive Tenure

March 21, 2012

This morning, Dr. Petty awarded tenure to Mr. Roy Byers and Mr. Benjamin Payne.

The awarding of tenure to a faculty member at Florida College represents an acknowledgement of mutual commitment. Tenure recognizes the commitment of the faculty member to the mission and ideals of the College, and it demonstrates the College’s permanent commitment to the faculty member.

During the ceremony, Dr. Petty explained, “We are grateful to God for his many blessings upon Florida College. And the greatest and most valuable of those blessings are the gifted and dedicated people who serve this institution— faculty, administration, and staff. Members of the faculty, in particular, are the heart and soul of the College, as they bear primary responsibility for the education of our students.”

According to Florida College tenure policy, a faculty member may apply for tenure in the sixth year of his/her tenure-track employment by submitting a portfolio that includes evidence of excellence in teaching, continued professional growth, appropriate academic credentials, and service to the College. The portfolio is reviewed by the Evaluation and Tenure Committee and a recommendation is made to the Academic Dean of the College. The Dean reviews the portfolio and makes a recommendation to the President of the College. With the President’s approval, tenure is granted on behalf of the Board of Directors.

 

The following is an excerpt from Dr. Petty’s presentation concerning Roy Byers. 

Roy Byers is being granted tenure in his sixth year at Florida College.

Mr. Byers graduated from Florida College, earning the Associate in Arts degree in 1986. He completed the Bachelor of Business Administration degree at Freed-Hardeman University in 1988. His graduate work includes the Master of Science degree in Management at Faulkner University in 2000, and the Master of Sports Science at the United States Sports Academy in 2004.

Before joining the faculty of Florida College in 2006, Mr. Byers taught business and physical education at Crowley’s Ridge College (2001-2005) and at Ohio Valley University (2005-2006). During his time at Florida College, he has taught courses in both the Business and Physical Education departments. In addition to his teaching responsibilities, Mr. Byers also serves as the Director of Intramurals for the College, and as the Athletic Director for the Florida College Academy.

I regard Mr. Byers to be a valuable asset to the College and an important member of the faculty. Congratulations, Mr. Byers, on being granted tenure, and for your continued service to the students of Florida College.

 

The following is an excerpt from Dr. Petty’s presentation concerning Benjamin Payne.

Mr. Payne is an alumnus of Florida College, having earned the Associate in Arts in 1999. He earned the Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance at the University of South Florida in 2001. He earned the Master of Music in Piano Performance at the Boston Conservatory in 2003.

His numerous honors and awards in his profession include Finalist in the Meistersingers Choral Composition Competition (2005); Finalist in the Vocalis Vaughn Williams Memorial Composition Competition (2008); and Best Original Score for Trunk, Cannes Film Festival at the University of Miami (2009). He holds membership in several professional associations, including Florida State Music Teachers Association; Music Teachers National Association; Florida Mid-State Music Teachers Association; Florida Music Educators Association; National Association for Music Education; and the American Composers Forum. As a pianist, Mr. Payne has toured with the Nashville Opera, has participated in solo piano recitals, and performed as vocal and instrumental accompanist.

I regard Mr. Payne to be a valuable asset to the College and an important member of the faculty. Congratulations, Mr. Payne, on being granted tenure, and for your continued service to the students of Florida College.