Midlands Technical College Administrator Receives National Award

June 3, 2008

COLUMBIC, SC – June 2, 2008 – Dr. Ronald Drayton, Midlands Technical College’s Vice President for Academic Affairs, received the 2008 National Council for Learning Resources Administrative Leadership Award.

The National Council for Learning Resources (NCLR), one of the affiliated councils of the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC), gives the award each year to one community college administrator in the U.S. whose efforts have resulted in significant support for a learning resources program.

Drayton received the award at a reception in the MTC Airport Campus Library on May 27, 2008. The award was presented by Alice Lubrecht, chair of NCLR and Dean of Library and Information Resources at Harrisburg Area Community College in Pennsylvania. Lubrecht came to the Airport Campus from Pennsylvania to personally present the award to Drayton.

Lubrecht said, “Ron recognizes the importance of information literacy and has long understood that information literacy instruction is most effective when it is integrated throughout the college curriculum. As early as 2002, Ron encouraged his departments to meet with Midlands Technical College librarians to draft an information literacy plan, putting your college ahead of the curve. Interestingly enough, it took until 2008 for the AACC to approve a position statement on information literacy.”

“From the application materials forwarded to me,” Lubrecht added, “it is obvious that Dr. Drayton understood [the importance of information literacy] long ago, and as a result, your Arts and Sciences division is able to measure its success in developing individuals who are information literate when they leave college and enter the job market.”

As the 2008 recipient of NCLR Administrative Leadership Award, Drayton received a commemorative award and a scholarship made out to MTC. Drayton will get to decide how the scholarship is awarded at the college. Drayton was nominated for the award by MTC Library Director Susan Payne.