Sharon Whitehead, Dean of Arts and Sciences at Somerset Community College, was recognized at the April 25, 2015, meeting of the Iota Chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma, a local honorary organization for women educators. The chapter membership honored Whitehead with the Rosebud Award, an award given biennially to a new member in recognition of service to the honorary society. Whitehead also received a bracelet with a rosebud charm to commemorate the event.
The Delta Kappa Gamma Society was formed in 1929 at the University of Texas, Austin. Dr. Annie Webb Blanton conceived of the idea of an honorary organization for women educators and, along with eleven other women, founded Delta Kappa Gamma. This organization united women educators of all types (rural and urban, preschool, elementary, high school, college and university, teachers, librarians and school administrators) to work toward better professional preparation, fair recognition of women's work in education and provision of scholarships for continued study.
The Iota Chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma, Middle Cumberland District, was organized in 1948. Since that time, the mission of the organization has been to promote professional and personal growth of women educators and excellence in education.
Whitehead is retiring from SCC on June 30 after 35 years of teaching and administration. In talking about her career, Whitehead tells the story of her father, George D. Corder, who was born and raised on a farm in Wayne County. Corder boarded a bus in Monticello and headed for Berea College. He was the first in his family to attend college. When questioned about what had prompted him to take such a bold step, Corder answered, A teacher took an interest in me. Whitehead said that statement became her inspiration as an educator: to be that teacher who would take an interest and inspire each student to be all that he or she could be.
Whitehead received her bachelors degree in English from Georgetown College and her masters from Stetson University in DeLand, Florida. She also completed her post-masters work in English at the University of Kentucky.