President Payne Announces New Faculty, Assistant Coach

March 26, 2012

The following announcement was distributed by President Payne on March 22, 2012.

I am pleased to announce today that we welcome Lydia Dickey to the College faculty full time in Fall 2012, and Cornelia Jones as an assistant coach in the FC Athletics Department.

Lydia Dickey will join the full-time mathematics faculty of Florida College in the Fall of 2012.  She completed her undergraduate work at Florida College.  She earned her Associate in Arts degree in 2003, and her Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies in 2005, graduating Magna Cum Laude.  At Florida College she completed the Great Books Honors Curriculum and was included in Who’s Who in American Colleges and Universities.  She earned her Master of Science degree in Mathematics Education at Florida State University in 2008.

For the past four years Lydia has taught mathematics at the Florida College Academy.  During that time, she also taught mathematics and education courses at the College on an adjunct basis.  Her credentials and preparation are uniquely suited to prepare her for her new role on the mathematics faculty at Florida College.   She comes with high recommendations from Lynn Wade and others who have worked closely with her.  Of course, we all know that she comes from a wonderfully dedicated and talented family.  We are excited to have Ms. Dickey join our faculty.

Cornelia Jones has accepted a position as assistant coach in our women’s basketball program for the 2012-2013 season.  She will work closely with head coach Kenny Moorer.  Cornelia comes to us with a varied and accomplished basketball background.  As a high school player at Hatley High School (Mississippi, 1970-1974), she was a three-time All-State selection, leading her team to four state championships.  She continued to excel at Delta State University (1974-1978) where she was a four year starter, three-time National Champion, two-time All-American, and eventual Delta State Hall of Fame inductee.  Since 1978, Mrs. Jones has coached men and women in both college and high school, including Hillsborough, Armwood,  and Gaither High Schools in our area.

Cornelia and her husband, Roland, FC’s former cross-country coach, have three children: Ian (former Falcon basketball player), Hilary and Colin.  Presently, Cornelia teaches mathematics at Armwood High School but plans to retire from the public school system after next year.
FC Athletic Director Kenny Moorer added, “After interviewing Cornelia on several occasions and hearing about her basketball and life philosophy, it became very obvious to me that her spiritual maturity, educational background and basketball acumen would be quite a combination to add to Florida College Women’s Basketball and hopefully take our program to a very high level.  She’s already calling recruits, talking to high school coaches and establishing herself as a vital part of our program. She is as excited about FC and our program as we are to have her.”
We thank God for sending us these two highly qualified and genuinely enthusiastic additions to our Florida College family!