Dr Michael Chambers, Warnborough PhD Graduate, appointed as Chancellor of Johnson University Florida

Alum Appointed Chancellor of Johnson University Florida

Warnborough alum, Dr Michael Chambers, will lead Johnson University Florida.

We are very proud of our alumnus, Dr Michael Chambers, who was recently appointed to the position of Chancellor and Vice-Provost (elected) of Johnson University Florida. Dr Chambers graduated as a Doctor of Philosophy, specialising in Ancient Philosophy. His dissertation was entitled “The Spirit of Friendship : Therapy of the Soul in Plato’s TIMAEUS” and he worked under the careful mentorship of renowned philosophist, Dr Keith Seddon.

Dr Chambers will begin his new position(s) on June 1st, 2015. We congratulate him on this wonderful news and wish him great success in his new endeavour.

For more information, read the press release on Johnson University’s website.

Dr Sandra Hutcheson

Alumni Interview – Sandra Hutcheson

Sandra Hutcheson PhotoHello Sandra Hutcheson, where are you and what are you doing currently?

A. I live in St. Augustine, FL, USA, (the oldest city in America). I’m a columnist for the local newspaper, and I teach Creative Writing at Flagler College and at the University of Phoenix.

How was your overall experience with Warnborough College?

A. I loved my time at Warnborough. It was exactly what I needed when I enrolled.

How do you think Warnborough College helped you get where you are today?

A. I’m a better writer than I was before I enrolled at Warnborough, and that was the outcome I intended.

Do you think you had good guidance and help from your mentor?

A. Yes, my mentor (Robert Reece) was encouraging and insightful. His responses to my questions were prompt, and he took great care to let me know that he believed in me.

Do you feel you have achieved your academic goals?

A. Yes. I earned my doctorate in Creative Writing.

What have you achieved since ending your time with Warnborough College?

A. I have published my second book.

Is it what you hoped/planned it to be?

A. Yes. I intended for my creative dissertation to become a book, and it has.

What would you recommend for aspiring students in the same field as you to do?

A. If you want to be a writer, you have to write, write, write. The amount of writing required for this degree at Warnborough puts you on the right path!

What are your plans for the future?

A. I’m currently working on a screenplay based on my first book.

If so do you think Warnborough College has helped you with that?

A. Simply having a PhD in Creative Writing makes me more confident in my abilities as a writer, so yes, I think it has helped. Plus, having the degree helps me as a college professor.

What advise would you give your younger self?

A. Never give up.

Why did you choose the field you chose?

A. As a young girl, I loved reading and wished I could write things that made people feel the way books made me feel. I guess I’ve always known I wanted to be a writer.

Who or what inspires you?

A. Great writing. The feeling I have when I finish the last page of a great book and say to myself, “I wish I’d written that.”

What motivates you?

A. My kids. I want to be an example of someone who pursued what I love and succeeded at it.

Would you recommend Warnborough College to people who aspire to do what you do?

A. Yes. I needed a low-residency program for my Phd. Warnborough had exactly what I was looking for.

What do you like doing in your free time?

A. Reading, walking on the beach, playing tennis.

Could you tell me a little bit about your interests?

A. I love tennis – playing and watching. I’ve been to Wimbledon, the French Open, and the U.S. Open (several times), but right now, I prefer watching my son play for Flagler College.

In Memoriam: Jonathan Burrell

In Memoriam: Jonathan Burrell

In Memoriam: Jonathan Burrell

It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of our undergraduate degree coordinator, Jonathan Burrell. He was 29.

Jonathan was recommended to us by his social worker in 2010. We employed and trained him and although he did his work entirely from home, he was always a source of positivity and determination. He was always conscientious about work and provided many ideas to help improve things. What made Jonathan extraordinary was the fact that he was born without arms or legs.

He used special computer software and equipment, which would translate his voice-activated commands into actions. Thus, he could fulfil his duties without any problems. Jonathan is a great example of how distance education can help not only students but also the administrators to improve and enhance their lives. Despite his physical circumstances, he studied for a Bachelors in Media and Journalism. Always creative, yet diligent, Jonathan wrote many articles for us, interviewed students and teachers, and liaised between mentors and their students.

He will be very greatly missed!