CCTC announces NISOD Excellence Award Recipients

(02/09/2021) — SUMTER, SC – Central Carolina Technical College is proud to announce its recipients of the annual National Institute of Staff and Organizational Development (NISOD) Excellence Awards. 

NISOD’s Excellence Awards recognize men and women each year who have demonstrated an outstanding commitment and contribution to their students and colleagues. In 1989, in connection with a University of Texas at Austin national study of teaching excellence, NISOD hosted its first ceremony honoring NISOD Excellence Award recipients. The response to that ceremony was so positive that NISOD began what has become the largest and most inspiring gathering that recognizes the contributions and achievements of community and technical college faculty, administrators and staff.

The 2021 honorees include Chuck Baldwin, Instructor, Information Technology; Larry Foote, Instructor, Administrative Office Technology; Diane Fulcher, Department Chair, Accounting and Management; Betty Harrington, Instructor, Early Care and Education; Elizabeth Nelligan, Department Chair, Human Services; Chris Watkins, Program Manager, Heating, Ventilation & Air Conditioning; Orlando Robinson, Instructor, Biology; Margaret Floyd, Instructor, English; Hope Wilson, Instructor, Psychology; Ann Davis, Instructor, Mathematics; Patricia Frierson, Adjunct Instructor, College Orientation; and Mickey Wheeler, Program Manager, Medical Assisting.

Excellence Award recipients are celebrated during NISOD’s annual International Conference on Teaching and Leadership Excellence. This year’s conference will be held virtually due to the coronavirus pandemic, and recipients will receive a specially cast, pewter medallion hung on a burnt-orange ribbon.

“Recognizing those individuals who have contributed to student success and their colleges’ mission is something we look forward to doing each year,” said Dr. Edward J. Leach, NISOD’s executive director. “The extraordinary work of these men and women includes not only what they do for their students and colleagues, but what they do for the communities in which they live and work. We’re honored to be able to play a part in celebrating their achievements.”


NISOD is a membership organization committed to promoting and celebrating excellence in teaching, learning and leadership at community and technical colleges. NISOD provides budget-friendly, high-quality and faculty-focused programs and resources for community and technical colleges that want to make the most of their professional development dollars. For over 40 years, NISOD has aligned a wide array of benefits with the needs of our members, which explains why the American Association of Community Colleges named NISOD, “The country’s leading provider of professional development for community college faculty, staff and administrators.” For more information about NISOD, visit


Central Carolina Technical College is a comprehensive, public, two-year institution of higher education that is dedicated to fostering a positive environment of teaching and learning for faculty, staff and students. The college serves primarily the region of Clarendon, Kershaw, Lee and Sumter counties in South Carolina and confers associate degrees, diplomas and certificates. Central Carolina Technical College students have a wide array of programs and services from which to choose. Our online programming and cooperative agreements with other colleges and universities provide students with exceptional opportunities coupled with our more traditional learning opportunities. Learn more: