Written by Olivia Gillespie – Foundation Intern, Fall 2020
(CLINTON, N.C.) – Dr. Marvin Rondon has been a full-time employee here at Sampson Community College (SCC) since 2002. At that time, Rondon began to work in Bilingual Services and was the translator for SCC. Before then, he worked part-time at SCC, teaching Computer Science and Spanish courses. Rondon grew up in Puerto Rico and lived there until the age of thirty-two when he moved to Sampson County in 1999. Before his move, Rondon received an Associate’s in Computer Science from the University of Puerto Rico.
When asked about Dr. Rondon, Perry Gillespie, Director of Career and College Promise, stated, “Dr. Rondon is an asset to Sampson Community College. You will be hard-pressed to find someone who is more knowledgeable and hardworking on campus.”
After working full-time at SCC for three years, Rondon decided to attend the University of Mount Olive to finish his bachelor’s degree. During this time, he was offered a position as College Liaison for Sampson Early College High School when it first opened in 2005. During this time, Rondon was also working to complete his Master’s in Information Technology from East Carolina University, which he completed in 2006. In 2018, Rondon finished his doctoral degree at Liberty University. He has traveled greatly along his educational path to arrive where he is today.
“Dr. Rondon always leads by example and is one that you can count on to rise to the occasion. He always is willing to go above and beyond to do what is needed and what is best for SCC,” said Carlie McPhail, Career and College Promise Assistant & Advisor.
Since 2018, Rondon has been the Dean of Academic Services and Institutional Effectiveness while still serving as the College Liaison for Sampson Early College. Rondon has many duties that fall under his positions. Rondon also supervises the Career and College Promise department here at SCC. Under his different positions, Rondon does all scheduling for SCC, he creates the calendar for SCC, and he does the contract and payroll for all part-time employees. These are only a few of Rondon’s duties at SCC.
Rondon’s desire to come to SCC was to give back and help the Latino community. He wanted to be able to help the Latino community transition into college. He also wanted to ensure that this community was able to come and get an education. He has acted as a friendly face for the Hispanic students that were potentially the first people in their family to receive a college degree.
When asked about why he decided to come to SCC, Dr. Rondon stated, “I had the desire to help the Latino community. With more Hispanics coming to Sampson County, I wanted to help them transition into the college. I looked at it as an opportunity to do something for the Hispanic community.”
To his fellow employees, Rondon is known to be a critical asset to the community college. He is known to be a hard-worker and puts his whole heart into his work. Rondon ensures that all students here at SCC are on the right path to achieving their goals. He always pushes the limits to get things accomplished.
Lisa Turlington, Dean of Advancement and Executive Director of the Foundation commented, “Dr. Rondon is the driving force behind all the goal setting for enrollment, and he is a master at presenting data in a persuasive manner. I always look forward to his graphs and visualizations. He encourages all of us to work harder for our students.”
Starting at the beginning of next year Dr. Marvin Rondon will be starting a new position as the Dean of Student Services. Rondon loves to interact with the students that he is bound to meet. As Rondon moves into his new position next year he will only continue to grow and flourish here at Sampson Community College.
About Sampson Community College: Sampson Community College is a member of the North Carolina Community College System, located in Clinton, NC in Sampson County. The college offers many programs to include two-year degrees, college transfer, continuing education and workforce development options and early college education.