Yavapai College loses Verde Valley Associate Dean

Kelly Trainor

Kelly Trainor

CLARKDALE - After 10 years with Yavapai College, including the past six months as Associate Dean for the Verde Valley Campus, Dr. Kelly Trainor has tendered his resignation effective July 7

Due to "significant personal circumstances," Dr. Trainor will relocate to the Charlotte, North Carolina area where he has accepted a position as Campus Dean at Central Piedmont Community College, said Dr. James Perey, Executive Dean/Campus Executive Officer for the Verde Valley and Sedona Center.

Dr. Perey also said that Dr. Trainor was a "valuable member of both the college and the Verde Valley campus."

"During his short tenure as Associate Dean, Dr. Trainor has done much to assist us in moving toward better serving our students and the community," Dr. Perey said.

Among Dr. Trainor's accomplishments at Yavapai College include developing curriculum and courses in the agribusiness division, and serving on multiple college committees and work groups including Strategic enrollment management.

Dr. Trainor had begun identifying student success initiatives for the Verde Valley campus, as well as working with faculty to streamline the course schedule, Dr. Perey also said.

Dr. Trainor began his career at Yavapai College as a faculty member in the Agribusiness department at the Chino Valley Agribusiness, where he taught horticulture and water-management classes. Dr. Trainor later moved to the college's Prescott campus where he taught biology. 

Before becoming associate dean at the Verde Valley campus, Dr. Trainor also served as department head for the science division.

According to Dr. Perey, one of Dr. Trainor's "greatest attributes is his ability to listen and think through complex problems."

"Dr. Trainor is thoughtful and a good communicator, which is necessary in working with multiple stakeholders," Dr. Perey said. "He also has experience in both the CTE and academic areas."

At this time, Dr. Perey, College President Dr. Penny Wills and Vice President for Instruction and Student Development Dr. Ron Liss are working on a plan "for the position and the key initiatives and duties associated with the work of the associate dean for the Verde Valley Campus," Dr. Perey said.

Dr. Trainor was not available for comment.

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