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12-20-2010


Dr. James H. Taylor Receives Meritorious Service Award from Regional Accrediting Body

 


Dr. James Taylor, president of University of the Cumberlands, recently received a Meritorious Service Award from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC).

ATLANTA, Ga. -December 16, 2010 – James H. Taylor, President of University of the Cumberlands, Williamsburg, Ky., recently received a Meritorious Service Award from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) during its annual conference held in Louisville, Ky.

In presenting this award, Dr. John Hilpert, Chair of the SACSCOC Board of Trustees, thanked Dr. Taylor for his “Involvement in all aspects of the Commission over the years, and for his longevity as a successful president while also rendering voluntary service to the Commission.”

Dr. Taylor has made 32 visits, chaired 22 reaffirmation committees, served as a member of the Commission on Colleges, as a member of the SACSCOC Board of Trustees, and has served as a member of the Executive Council, the Committee on Criteria and Reports, the Committee on Compliance and Reports, the Appeals Committee, and the COC Chair Corps.

As President of University of the Cumberlands since 1980, Dr. Taylor also served as a professor, assistant to the president, director of Alumni Activities, director of Development, and as vice president for Development. He also served as vice president of Development at Scarritt College in Nashville, Tenn. Taylor earned the B.S. from Cumberland College, the M.S. from Union University, the Ed.D. from Nova University, and the Ed.D. from Peabody College of Vanderbilt University.

Upon receiving this award, Dr. Taylor enthusiastically noted, “What a joy it is to work with SACSCOC. In my view, it’s the best continuing education opportunity available, and I always learn more than I am able to contribute. I’m also very humbled by this honor and equally appreciative.”

The Meritorious Service Awards are presented to those in higher education who have demonstrated extraordinary commitment to and understanding of accreditation processes, who are respected by their peers for their integrity and the meritorious quality of their service, and who are recognized as models of competency, creativity, and accomplishment. Nominations for the awards were solicited from those active in the accreditation activities of the Commission on Colleges, representing the 800 colleges and universities that are member institutions of the Commission.

Located in Decatur, Ga., the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges is the recognized regional body for the accreditation of degree-granting higher education institutions in the U.S. Southern states of Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, and in Latin America and Dubai, Saudi Arabia, that award associate, baccalaureate, master’s or doctoral degrees. The Commission’s mission is the enhancement of educational quality throughout the region and it strives to improve the effectiveness of institutions by ensuring that they meet standards, established by the higher education community, that address the needs of society and students. The Commission on Colleges is the representative body of the College Delegate Assembly and is charged with carrying out the accreditation process. For more information on the association, visit www.sacscoc.org.