A July 2 press release by Wallace State Community College announced Wesley Rakestraw of Holly Pond as interim director of the Oneonta Campus Center. Rakestraw replaced retired Dr. Kelley Jones who had served as the director since its opening in 2016.
Joining Wallace State in 1993 as a biology instructor, Rakestraw most recently served as division chair for natural sciences. Throughout his tenure at Wallace State he has played an instrumental role in a number of initiatives including Learning Communities and the Pathways Project, which is designed to help streamline students’ paths to completion.
Part of Rakestraw’s duties will be to oversee the completion of the new building downtown, slated for mid-2019.
“The new building is progressing nicely. It will contain academic classrooms as well as enrollment services and administrative offices, while the existing building will be converted to classrooms and labs for applied technology and health programs,” he said. “Four new welding stations have been installed in the original facility to meet demand, bringing the total up to 14.”
Rakestraw earned his Bachelor of Science degree in wildlife biology and a Master of Science degree in zoological studies from Auburn University. He is married to Donnette, his wife of 25 years.
Fall registration is currently underway and Rakestraw welcomes students to stop by and meet him and learn more about registration. Classes begin August 15.
Rakestraw said, “I’m thrilled to be here in Oneonta. Everyone in the community has been so welcoming and positive.”