A Snead State Community College instructor recently presented his paper on the college’s history to the Southern History of Education Society in Gainesville, Fla.
History and Political Science Instructor Grover Kitchens presented a paper entitled “In the Heart of the Community: Snead State, from Methodist School to Junior College to Community College.” He traced the beginnings of education from 1898 and the Methodist-Episcopal control of education in Boaz, to the formation of Snead Junior College in 1935. The presentation followed the history until the adoption of technical courses and the changing of the name to Snead State Community College.
The emphasis of the paper was the community and how it was an important part of who Snead was and how the college included the community in celebrations, sports, and the arts.
“I was one of three presenters who were from the community college level, and only two of us presented on the community college itself. My presentation was based on the formation and change of Snead through the years. Many in the room had little knowledge of the community college,” said Mr. Kitchens.
The Southern History of Education Society was organized to promote the history of education. Its meetings are attended by senior professors, established professors, new professors, graduate students, and doctoral candidates. Many presentations in the past have resulted in books on the subject, and this year, several ongoing research issues and personalities were presented.
Other presenters were mostly from four-year institutions such as the University of Florida, the University of Alabama, Florida State University, College of Charleston, Mercer University, the University of North Carolina-Greensboro, the University of Ohio, the University of Georgia, Temple University, and Wake Forest University.
“To be able to present to professors and researchers from these prestigious four-year universities was an exciting prospect. They were very interested. Many said this was something they did not know much about and were impressed with our community involvement and what work the community college did in education,” said Mr. Kitchens.