|Drs. Nancy Tattner and Les Potter|
Junior Achievement is a national program dedicated to helping K-12 students develop skills in leadership, financial literacy and entrepreneurship, and inspiring them to prepare for and succeed in a global economy. The Central Florida chapter partners with six colleges and universities in the region and is considered a national model. Through its Junior Achievement partnership, Daytona State’s College of Education faculty and students this past year contributed more services hours, taught more classes and reached more K-12 students than any other central Florida state college.
Buckley “Buck” James is the college’s new associate vice president for enrollment development, replacing Dr. Richard Pastor, who is retiring at the end of this month. He will be charged with overseeing the day-to-day operations of admissions and registration.
James comes to Daytona State from West Texas, where he was associate vice president for enrollment at Abilene Christian University, a private institution with an enrollment of about 4,700 students. He began his career at Palm Beach Atlantic University, a private South Florida institution with a student enrollment near 3,700. There, he rose to the position of vice president for enrollment.
James holds a master’s in theology from Fuller Theological Seminary and a bachelor’s in religion/minor in psychology from Palm Beach Atlantic University.
Kevin McCrary, who formerly held numerous titles in Daytona State’s Office of Financial Aid from 1992-2007, has returned to the college as its dean of financial aid services. McCrary left Daytona State in 2007 and joined the University of Miami, where he served as associate director of financial aid.
He holds a master’s in business administration from Nova Southeastern University, a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Bethune-Cookman University and an associate of arts degree from Daytona State.
Lonnie Thompson has also joined the college as director of equity and inclusion. He will be charged with ensuring the college’s compliance with federal, state and institutional equal access and equal opportunity laws, policies, procedures and practices.
Thompson comes to Daytona State from neighboring Seminole State College, where he served as manager of equity and employee relations since 2005. Prior to that, he was director of dual enrollment at Valencia Community College (2003-2005), academic and veterans’ advisor at Seminole State College (2002-2003), and director of military programs at Indiana University Northwest (1994-2001).
Thompson earned a bachelor’s degree in political science and a master’s degree in public administration.