Stan Sullivant (Helena), Diane Fisher (DeWitt), and Patricia West (Stuttgart) have been selected Outstanding Staff for their respective campuses at Phillips Community College of the University of Arkansas (PCCUA). Sullivant, the top nominee, will be honored by Arkansas Community Colleges (ACC) as PCCUA’s Outstanding Staff member during the ACC fall conference.
Whether in his work at PCCUA or in his side interests, Sullivant is well respected for his accuracy, knowledge, creativity and friendly nature. He joined PCCUA six years ago as controller for the Business Office and later became Vice Chancellor for Finance and Administration. His expertise is relied upon daily for the smooth functioning of the Business Office, which manages the day-to-day business functions for all three campuses.
"Serving others should always be at the heart of one's profession,” said Sullivant. “Knowing that the needs of the students are met and that the College is running smoothly brings me much joy and a sense of accomplishment."
Sullivant received his Bachelor of Professional Accountancy from Mississippi State University. Prior to PCCUA, he worked as Director of Accounting at Northwest Mississippi Community College for six years and in the Mississippi Office of the State Auditor for 19 years.Among his outside interests are traveling and co-ownership of Simply Sullivants Catering & Special Events with his wife, Melissa. They have a daughter, Sydney Claire, who is currently attending Occupational Therapy School at the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson.
Fisher joined PCCUA in 1998 and works in the area of institutional services for the DeWitt campus. She is responsible for performing custodial duties and minor maintenance. Her ultimate responsibility is to ensure that the DeWitt facility is maintained in a healthy, safe manner for PCCUA faculty, staff, and students. She also assists with numerous campus events including student orientation, career fairs, and student activities.
Prior to joining PCCUA, she worked in the public schools for 16 years. Having worked in her current position for 20 years, Fisher performs her work in a timely and professional manner. In 2012, she was honored with the Best of DeWitt Civil Servant Chamber Award by the DeWitt Chamber of Commerce and was previously named Outstanding Staff for the DeWitt campus for 2013-2014.
“Doing my job to the best of my ability and assisting students on our campus brings me much satisfaction,” she said.
Fisher has a son, Travis, and values the time she spends with family. Among her favorite pastimes are photography and truly enjoying “God’s beautiful creations: flowers, trees, rainbows, sun, moon, and stars.” She holds an Arkansas High School Diploma from PCCUA through the Arkansas Department of Education.
Living in Stuttgart, West works as a computer support technician for the Stuttgart and DeWitt campuses, where her responsibilities involve maintaining all computers and peripherals and troubleshooting hardware, software, and network issues. Part of West’s work also includes training users on the use of software programs and equipment.
She joined PCCUA 10 years ago working part-time for three years before becoming full-time seven years ago.
“What I enjoy most about my job is helping others,” she said.
West holds an Associate Degree in network administration from PCCUA and a Bachelor of Applied Science degree in network administration from the University of Arkansas at Fort Smith.
When she isn’t working, her favorite pastimes include reading and raising her three children: Chloe, Malachi, and Kameran.