Calhoun President Announces Additions To Administrative Staff


Calhoun Community College President Marilyn Beck today announced the addition of two new members to the college’s administrative staff.  Bryan Helms comes to the college as the new Vice President for Financial and Administrative Services and Donna Estill joins the Calhoun family as the new Dean for Humanities and Social Sciences.

Helms comes to Calhoun bringing experience from both the educational and corporate arenas.  Most recently he served as Chief Financial Officer for Andrew College in Cuthbert, Georgia, where he was responsible for all aspects of financial reporting, human resources, federal and state grant accounting, and risk management.  He also oversaw the college’s food services, information technology, legal affairs, and physical plant activities. 

In addition to his tenure at Andrew College, Helms served in the positions of Director of Accounting and Controller at Troy University and held various positions in the corporate world with companies such as West Point-Pepperell, Inc. and Springs Industries, Inc.   A product of the Alabama Community College System, Helms earned his bachelor’s degree from Troy University (graduating Magna Cum Laude) and his Master of Business Administration degree from Auburn University-Montgomery.  He is an active member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.

Estill joins Calhoun after most recently working as Dean of Instruction/Chief Academic Officer at Fort Scott Community College (Kansas), serving in that position since 2009.  Prior to joining Fort Scott, she held a number of positions at Alabama Southern Community College, which included Humanities Division chair, English instructor, and Assistant Director of the Alabama Center for Literary Arts. Her higher education experience also includes positions with the University of Alabama, the University of Alabama-Huntsville, Shelton State Community College, and Southern Arkansas University-El Dorado.

Estill earned her bachelor’s degree from the University of Alabama, a master’s degree from the University of Alabama-Huntsville, and a doctorate in Higher Education Administration, also from the University of Alabama.  Her professional and community organization affiliations include the Alabama Community College Leadership Academy, the National Council of Teachers of English, and Sigma Tau Delta International English Honorary Society.  Her work has been presented in a number of publications, and she has been honored by Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers.
“After national searches for these two positions, I am extremely excited to announce the addition of Mr. Helms and Dr. Estill to the Calhoun family,” commented Beck.  “Both of these very talented individuals brings with them a wealth of knowledge and experience in their respective areas.  That, coupled with their understanding of the state’s higher education system, made them the ideal choice,” Beck added.

“Calhoun is indeed fortunate to have them both join our team, and I look forward to working with each of them as we continue our efforts in meeting the educational and training demands of this very diverse and highly progressive region,” Beck said.


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