Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Shorter College Establishes Online Program, Names Director

A Shorter College education is becoming more accessible thanks to the addition of online programs. College President Dr. Harold E. Newman today announced Shorter’s plans to offer classes through an online format beginning this summer.

Initial course offerings are for students enrolled in traditional college programs who wish to complete core curriculum requirements. This summer’s courses include COM 1010 Oral Communication, ENG 1020 Freshman English II, HIS 2010 Development of Civilization to 1648, MAT 1110 College Algebra, BUS 3990 Personal Leadership and SPS 3990 Sports Leadership.

Also planned for this summer are professional development courses for practicing teachers to assist them in their license renewal requirements.

“The addition of online programs was highlighted as a priority in our strategic plan,” Dr. Newman said. “We recognize that we live in a technological world and that people are turning more frequently to the Internet for educational services. We also recognize that not everyone can go to a campus and attend classes. By utilizing an online format for the delivery of our programs, we allow that segment of the population to have the educational experiences that they need.”

Rome resident Sean Butcher has been tapped to serve as director of online programs at the college. Mr. Butcher has more than 10 years’ experience in the marketing and development of Internet services. He has served as director of product development and product management at several California, Bay-area Internet service companies. Before that he worked as a commercial litigation lawyer at Lovell White Durrant in England, one of London’s most prestigious law firms.

Mr. Butcher has an MBA from the University of Texas at Austin McCombs School of Business with concentrations in management information systems (MIS) and entrepreneurship. He was a Sord Scholar Honors Graduate. Butcher also holds a law degree with honors from the University of Birmingham, England.

Mr. Butcher lives in Rome with his wife and two children.

For additional information on Shorter’s online programs visit or call 706-291-2121.

The online program, Dr. Newman added, fits into Shorter’s continuing commitment to serving students. Building on its respected traditional programs, in 1992, Shorter College became one of the first institutions in Georgia to offer non-traditional degree programs for working adults.

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