Dr. Sarah Clemmons was named president of Chipola College by the Chipola College Board of Trustees in Tuesday night’s board meeting. Clemmons was unanimously selected by the board upon the recommendation of a sub-committee that reviewed internal candidates for the position.
Clemmons previously served as senior vice president of instruction, before being appointed as interim president following the resignation of Dr. Jason Hurst in October of last year. Dr. Clemmons follows Gene Prough as the second Chipola alumnus to serve as president.
Clemmons has served as the chief academic officer for the college with responsibility over all academic and workforce instructional programs. Dr. Clemmons has overseen Chipola’s accreditation, grants, assessment, and academic support groups.
Clemmons came to Chipola in 1979 as an English instructor and went on to become chair of the Literature/Language Division, rising through the ranks to become the top academic officer of the college. She helped to start the Academic Center for Excellence (ACE). ACE is a free tutorial program offered at Chipola College that has won a Florida College System Chancellor’s Best Practice Award. She was instrumental in establishing bachelor’s degree programs at Chipola College beginning in 2003.
Clemmons is a native of Marianna, an alumnus of Marianna High School, Chipola College, University of West Florida, Troy State University, and Florida State University. She serves on the board of trustees for Jackson Hospital and is active in the Jackson County Chamber of Commerce. Clemmons was named Citizen of the Year by the Chamber in 2015. Clemmons is married to Tracy Clemmons who is an Operations Management Consultant with the Florida Agency for Persons with Disabilities. Their son, Dr. Martin Clemmons, is an internal medicine physician at Archibald Medical Center in Thomasville, Georgia. Their daughter, Sarah Kathryn Dugan, is a prosecuting assistant state attorney in Tallahassee. The family is active in First Baptist Church in Marianna.
Following the board meeting, Clemmons said, “I love Chipola and I am honored to have been asked to serve as president. Chipola has an excellent reputation for academic and student success. I look forward to working with the faculty, staff, and administration to build on the great traditions established at Chipola.”