Rust College announces 2 new appointments to leadership team


Two additions have been made to the leadership team at Rust College in Holly Springs.

Carolyn V. Hymon, former director of the Counseling Outreach Problem-solving for Excellence (COPE) Center, has been appointed dean of students. Sheila Flemming-Hunter has been named the Rust College academic dean.

Hymon said she sees herself as an advocate for the student body. “It is my responsibility to ensure their health, safety and well-being as I assist the areas of health services, campus police, residential life, religious education, student activities and the COPE Center,” she said.

 “Student Affairs has a great program in place and I plan to support the mission and vision of each area as we provide a quality atmosphere for living and learning. Additionally, in an effort to alleviate conflict within our student body, I will promote developing and maintaining healthy relationships,” Hymon said.

Hymon came to Rust in 2003 as college counselor in student affairs and was later named director of the COPE Center. She is a graduate of Jackson State University where she earned a bachelor of social work and a master of arts in sociology.

Flemming-Hunter’s recent appointments include serving at LeMoyne-Owen College in Memphis as senior vice president of Academic and Student Affairs and as dean of the School of Social Sciences at Bethune-Cookman College in Daytona Beach, Fla.

In addition to the previous positions, she has administrative experience as a business owner, director of the Honors Program at Bethune Cookman College, assistant academic dean and director of Continuing Education at Edward-Waters College, and as a research analyst in the Department of Treasury Office of Revenue Sharing.

Flemming-Hunter taught at Bethune-Cookman and served as a visiting professor at The University of Texas-Austin. She has presented at many events including national historical organizations to state and local historic and cultural organizations. Presently, she is a consultant for the National Institute for Law and Equity, Inc. and Pure Heart International Christian Academy in Memphis.