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UACCB names outstanding faculty member, hires new cashier
UACCB names outstanding faculty member, hires new cashier

BATESVILLE, Ark. (KTHV) - The University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville had a few announcements to make coming into the New Year. 

Not only did the university hire a new cashier in the UACCB business office, but officials also named the outstanding faculty member for 2015. 

Vernon Hoffman was named the 2015 outstanding faculty member on Wednesday. He teaches major and non-major biology, human anatomy and physiology I and II, essentials of anatomy and physiology, botany, zoology and field techniques on campus. He holds a bachelor’s of science in wildlife management and ecology and a master’s of science in biology from Arkansas State University.

Hoffman has been married to wife Lydia for 18 years.  They have four sons: Collin, 14; Caleb, 12; Hunter, 11; and Devon, 9. Hoffman is a deacon and the treasurer at the Faith of the Apostles Church in Walnut Ridge.

“Mr. Hoffman has a focus on student success and has been a campus leader when it comes to embracing new technologies to aid students in their academic endeavors,” said Brian Shonk, vice chancellor for academic affairs at UACCB. “Mr. Hoffman has become especially adept at video recording his lectures and making them available for student use.”


Leanne Collins was hired on as the new cashier at the UACCB business office. Collins has been an employee of UACCB since November 2014 where she previously worked part-time in the testing center and purchasing office.  She holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Central Arkansas. 

Collins and her husband, Steve, have two children, Samuel and Mary Elizabeth.

“We feel fortunate to have Leanne Collins join our UACCB team in our finance and administration department,” said Gayle Cooper, UACCB vice chancellor for finance and administration. “Leanne exhibits the skills necessary to perform the required functions in our office, and she also possesses the soft skills needed in this key position. We look forward to working with her as we continue to serve our UACCB students.”