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New faculty welcomed

By Lori Dugan

THATCHER, AZ—Eastern Arizona College recently welcomed nine new full-time faculty members for the Fall 2010 semester.

Anthony Redding is coming back to EAC as the new head resident and assistant football coach after two years as defensive line coach at Benedict College in Columbia S.C. He first came to us in January 2005 as a defensive line coach, defensive coordinator, recruiting coordinator, and head resident in Mark Allen Hall. Redding earned an M.S. in Physical Education and a B.S. in Criminal Justice from Eastern New Mexico University. He has previous collegiate coaching experience at New Mexico Military Institute, Ranger College, and Eastern New Mexico University.

EAC’s new director of prison programs is Andy Shaver. Shaver has taught full-time in the Building Maintenance program at the Arizona Department of Corrections (ADC) in Ft. Grant since October 2002. Prior to that, he taught industrial technologies at Willcox High School for nine years. He received his B.A. in Industrial Supervision from Northern Arizona University and is currently earning his M.Ed. in Career and Technical Education. His industry experience includes maintenance of electrical plumbing and mechanical systems on the nation’s second largest trough solar heating facility, the California Correctional Institution; and estimator/project manager for Davison Concrete, Inc. in Flagstaff. Shaver is a licensed and bonded general building contractor in California and Arizona.

Robert Smith will be joining the faculty as a new instructor for the Administration of Justice program. Smith comes to us from Roswell, N.M., where he served as police chief and was an instructor of political science and criminal justice for over 20 years at Eastern New Mexico University-Roswell Campus. He received a Master of Social Science in Political Science/Public Administration from Utah State University, a B.S. in Justice Administration from Brigham Young University, and was accredited in Criminal Justice by the University of Virginia. He is also a graduate of the Utah Police Academy, the FBI New Agent Academy and the FBI National Academy. He has been a special agent for the FBI, a trooper for the Utah Highway Patrol, an investigator for Utah State Recovery Services, and a police officer for the Provo Police Department. He is certified in incident response, as a terrorist bombings instructor, in mountain rescue, and as a drug abuse resistance educator.

George Rocha will be moving from part-time to full-time instructor in the ADC Prison Program. He is a graduate from the Refrigeration School Inc. of Phoenix. Rocha was owner/manager of Gila Valley Appliance Repair for nine years and an HVAC and general building contractor for five years. He also worked as a journeyman/electrician at Luke Air Force Base on the Barracks Project.

Also new to the College is John Rice, who will be the new theatre director. Rice comes to us from Hobbs, N.M., where he taught and directed at New Mexico Junior College. He has also taught at University of South Dakota and Kent State University. He earned a M.F.A. in Theatre with an emphasis in Directing from the University of South Dakota, an M.A. in English from Ohio State University and a B.S. in Education also from Ohio State University. His acting experience includes roles such as Dracula in Dracula, Henry II in Lion in Winter, Blackbeard in Blackbeard, King Lear in King Lear, and Marcellus in Hamlet.

The new women’s basketball head coach and Health and Physical Education (HPE) Instructor is Ryan McAdams. McAdams has coached collegiate basketball for eight years and taught at the postsecondary level for four years. He has been assistant men’s basketball coach for Eastern Arizona College and Cameron University, in Lawton, Okla. McAdams earned an M.A. in Educational Leadership and Administration and a B.A. in Journalism from California Polytechnic State University. He has taught a variety of HPE lecture and activity classes, as well as business classes for the Department of Corrections.

Michael Fox, who has been serving as director of Eastern’s Small Business Development Center since January 2004, becomes a full-time instructor this fall. As adjunct faculty, he has taught several courses in the Small Business Management curriculum, as well as English 101 and 102. He has earned degrees in a variety of fields including an M.S. in Management from Northern Arizona University; a B.S. in Occupational Education from Wayland Baptist University in Plainview, Texas; and is a doctoral student in Business Administration at Northcentral University in Prescott. Fox is an experienced local business owner and a veteran, having served six years in the United States Air Force as a cryptologic linguist supervisor.

Andrea Bagnall, who has been teaching part-time at Eastern Arizona College since 1998, will now be the full-time Sports Medicine instructor. Bagnall is a 25-year member of the National Athletic Trainer’s Association and a 14-year member of the Arizona Athletic Trainer’s Association. In 2005, she helped develop, and began teaching, the Sports Medicine and Rehabilitative Therapies curriculum for GIFT (Gila Institute for Technology) students. She received an M.S. in Physical Education with an emphasis in Athletic Training from Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Va. and a B.A. in Physical Education from the University of Tennessee in Knoxville. Before moving to the Gila Valley, she was a member of the United States Olympic Sports Medicine team and was the head women’s athletic trainer at Auburn University.

David Arond, the new Media Communications instructor, has 25 years of industry experience in media communications and significant experience in international television journalism. In Moscow, Russia, he produced and directed TV news and documentaries for PBS’ Nightly Business Report and the Discovery Channel. Most recently, he worked as the media director for Mariner Marketing in Phoenix. He earned an M.Ed. in Educational Media from the University of California at Los Angeles; a B.A. in Media Communications from Antioch University in Yellow Springs, Ohio; and is a doctoral student in Language, Reading, and Culture at the University of Arizona.

It’s not too late to enroll for the Fall 2010 semester, visit, call us at 428-8270, or stop by weekdays from 8:30 am. to 4:30 p.m. for assistance.