Harris, Easter Promoted and New Faculty Added

John Harris and Charlotte Coats
Photographed: John Harris and Charlotte Coats.

Arkansas Tech University-Ozark Campus has announced two promotions as well as the addition of several new faculty members for the 2021-22 academic year.

John Harris was named assistant director and student development specialist at Arkansas Tech Career Center in Russellville and Charlotte Coats Easter accepted the banking services chair position at ATU-Ozark.

Harris holds a Bachelor of Professional Studies degree and is pursuing a Master of Science degree in student affairs administration, both from Arkansas Tech. He has taught law enforcement in career and technical education for eight years and holds several licenses and certifications in law enforcement.

Easter has served as an adjunct faculty member in the ATU-Ozark banking services program since 2018. She holds an Associate of Applied Science degree in business technology from ATU-Ozark and a Bachelor of Professional Studies degree from Arkansas Tech. Easter, who holds additional certifications from the American Bankers Association, is enrolled in the Master of Business Administration degree program at Arkansas Tech.

Briana Watkins has joined the ATU-Ozark practical nursing faculty as a specialist in maternity and pediatrics.

Watkins holds a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from the University of Arkansas-Fort Smith and has spent the past nine years working as a registered nurse in labor and delivery, rehabilitation, obstetrics and gynecology.

New workforce education faculty at Arkansas Tech Career Center are Lance Davis, criminal justice technology; Ereck Ladd, computer information technology; and Charles Petty, automotive service technology.

Davis holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Liberty University, an Associate of Applied Science degree from Ashworth College and law enforcement certification from the Arkansas Law Enforcement Training Academy.

Ladd has completed the U.S. Army Total Army Instructor Training Course (TAITC) and the U.S. Army distance learning program.

Petty holds the Automotive Service Excellence certification and a Certificate of Proficiency from ATU-Ozark. He is currently pursuing an Associate of Applied Science degree from ATU-Ozark.

Learn more about ATU-Ozark Campus at www.atu.edu/ozark.

Learn more about Arkansas Tech Career Center at www.atu.edu/careercenter.