Morris College hires Towanna Hicks as Career Services Director

August 10, 2021

Enter to Learn; Depart to Serve

Morris College                                                                                                                                                                                                             For Immediate Release
Institutional Advancement
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Sumter, S.C. (August, 2021) – Towanna Hicks, a native of Bishopville, S.C. has returned back to her collegiate roots, Morris College to serve as the Career Services Director. Hicks began her professional journey in September 2001 teaching after graduating from Morris College in May 2001 with a Bachelor of Arts in English. “After graduation, I pursued my first passion of service, teaching; with a total of 14 years of classroom teaching experience at both the middle and high school level as well as seven years of workforce experience, I am confident I will do well as Morris’ Career Services Director, said Hicks.

Hicks transitioned from the classroom in 2014 to her second career as a Workforce Representative where she developed a passion for service on a different platform compared to teaching. “I previously served as the Program and Soft Skills Coordinator, Trainer, and Hiring Specialist for a South Carolina state agency where I worked with the State Workforce Development Board and committees to address business industry workforce needs (education, jobs, training); I also provided support to South Carolina’s public workforce system and partners via implementing new workforce initiatives,” said Hicks.

While attending Morris College as a scholar, Hicks competed as a four-sport athlete in the Eastern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference sports. Since departing Morris College in May 2001 to serve in the community and surrounding areas (Lee, Clarendon, and Sumter County) as well as throughout the states, North Carolina, Hicks has accumulated 17 years of coaching experience. She has had the pleasure of coaching several D1 and D2 student-athletes, from which a few competed in the women's professional leagues. Hicks has head coached and assisted successful varsity level sports (basketball, softball, and volleyball), coached collegiate softball (South Carolina State University), and competed in a semi-professional fast pitch league.

“I am excited to be passing the torch to such a wonderful person and a great coach,” said Glenda Fulwood, Morris College’s former volleyball coach.  “I coached Towanna for four years and she was a great athlete; she earned various awards during her four years playing volleyball including the MVP [Award].  Towanna was also a great student-athlete, she excelled in volleyball, basketball, and softball while maintaining above average grades.  I am excited she will be Morris’ next volleyball coach and I know she will exceed beyond expectations.”

“God knows all things. I am excited about the opportunity to serve in the capacity of career guidance, for there is a lot to share! Also, I am just as equally excited about coaching character on and off of the court and in and out of the classroom. I thank President, Dr. Leroy Staggers, a former Professor and role model for the opportunity to serve via Career Services,” said Hicks.

Hicks earned a Bachelor of Arts in English from Morris College and a Master of Arts in Education for Adult Education and Training from the University of Phoenix. Hicks hopes to create and advance networking communications that will further lead to employment opportunities and academic growth for the students and alumni of Morris College.

About Morris College
Morris College is a historically black, coeducational, liberal arts college, founded by the Baptist Educational and Missionary Convention of South Carolina in 1908. The college is committed to promoting the intellectual and personal development of every one of its students. The mission of Morris College is to produce graduates who can pursue useful and productive careers and in so doing enhance their own lives and the society in which they take their places. That mission is being successfully implemented by the thousands of Morris College graduates throughout the nation who are continually making significant contributions.