Caring community draws new director

Elizabeth Grant 8.18.15“Community college is where my heart is.”

Elizabeth Grant, Centralia College’s new director of counseling, advising, and disability services, said she was looking for a small, close-knit community to call home where she could devote her time, talents, and energies.

When she visited Centralia College in the spring, she “fell in love.”

“I was impressed by the caliber of student projects displayed in the science building and with the friendliness of people I met on campus. It was obvious to me that the people that work and attend classes at Centralia care about the college and about each other.”

Grant is looking forward to being part of the great work of Centralia College and to collaborating with colleagues to continually improve student success.

“The Director of Counseling, Advising, and Disability Services is a new position, and with the challenges of creating something new also come fantastic opportunities. I am excited to hear ideas from the campus community and to brainstorm ways to keep Centralia at the forefront of progressive strategies to serve students.”

Grant earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology, a master’s degree in pastoral counseling, and is presently in the dissertation phase of her Doctorate in Education with an emphasis in higher education leadership. She has had a private practice and been a director in clinical settings.

In addition, Grant comes to Centralia with experience both as a researcher and academic program director. Most recently, she did research with the University of Maryland’s Institute for Governmental Service and Research on projects involving statewide substance abuse initiatives and Maryland problem-solving courts. Prior to that, she was an academic program director at a small community college in Western Maryland for over ten years.

“The contrast between the two positions really clarified for me that community college is where my heart is,” she shared.

A Maryland native, Grant and her husband have three grown children and three grandchildren with another on the way. She enjoys cooking and baking and considers herself a thrift-store junkie.  She also loves to garden and is looking forward to being able to get a patch next spring.

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  1. Centralia has found the perfect person! Ms. Grant is a perfect fit for this job—even though she can fit any job she wants to!

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