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Halifax Community College (HCC) faculty members recently elected Natalie Watson, Paralegal Technology Department Head and Instructor, as the new Faculty Senate president. The Faculty Senate was created last fall, and Watson was its vice-president.

The Faculty Senate is comprised of senators who represent each academic division, based on the size of the division. There are 15 senators in all. The purpose of the faculty senate is to promote excellence in education, support the vision and mission of the college, provide academic leadership and a forum to discuss institutional issues, and be a voice in the decision-making process.

"When I initially heard that a Faculty Senate was being started here at HCC, I was very excited and immediately informed my division chair that was I interested in serving our division. I was just happy to be involved in a group that will advocate for the needs of the faculty," said Watson. "Now that I am president, it is my hope that the Faculty Senate really gets its footing and opens the lines of communication between the faculty and administration, which can only benefit the students and HCC as a whole."

Originally from Cary, Watson is an attorney with Lawrence, Best & Associates, P.A. in Rocky Mount. She started as a part-time instructor at HCC in January 2005 and began full-time in August of that year. She holds a bachelor's degree from the University of North Carolina-Greensboro and a Juris Doctorate from North Carolina Central University School of Law.