Chattahoochee Valley Community College (CVCC) proudly announces its 2019 Commencement speaker as Susan Wiggins, a well-known, respected, and admired community leader in the Chattahoochee Valley area. The CVCC graduation ceremony will take place Friday, May 10, at 10 a.m. Eastern Time at the Columbus Convention and Trade Center, Columbus, Georgia.
Wiggins has been with the W.C. Bradley Co. since 1980. The privately held company is an international marketer of quality leisure lifestyle products featuring familiar brands such as Char-Broil, Tiki, Lamplight, Zebco, Quantum, Fin-Nor and others, as well as local real estate developments including, among others, the Eagle & Phenix loft condominiums, Synovus Centre, The Rapids and Brookstone Centre. Wiggins has served as vice president, Stakeholder Relations since 1992 when she became the first woman officer of the company. The goal of the Stakeholders Department is to support and nurture a corporate culture through quality communications, events and services that convey the company’s core values of integrity and stewardship. Prior to joining W.C. Bradley Co., Wiggins held the position of Marketing Officer for Trust Company of Columbus where she was the first woman hired to be an officer of the bank.
“We are delighted to have Susan address the 2019 graduates of CVCC. She is not only a great supporter of higher education, skills, and opportunity for all, but she is also a role model,” said President Jackie Screws. “Susan Wiggins has demonstrated a work ethic second to none; her discipline and drive are an inspiration. And most importantly, community involvement is vitally important to her, which shows the kind of work-life balance our students desire.”
Wiggins has been a recipient of the W.C. Bradley Co. Spirit Award and has been recognized as a Girl Scouts Woman of Achievement, Girls Inc. Dedicated Service Award Recipient, United Way Women Helping Women Award, CVCC Hall of Fame Inductee for Distinguished Service and recipient of the United Way D. Abbott Turner Volunteer of the Year Award. Wiggins has served on numerous civic and professional boards in the community, including past chair of the Better Business Bureau and President of the Columbus Advertising Federation. Currently, she serves as chairperson of the Chattahoochee Valley Community College Foundation, member of the Downtown Phenix City Redevelopment Authority Board, and chair of the Lay Leader and Pastor-Parish Relations Committee of Epworth United Methodist Church in Phenix City. She was involved in the formation of the East Alabama Riverfront Development organization whose mission is to revitalize the Phenix City riverfront and create economic stimulus for the downtown area.
For the past 39 years, Wiggins has had the unique opportunity to work for three generations of the family of company founder, W.C. Bradley. The name W.C. Bradley has stood for integrity and stewardship for 134 years. Wiggins is passionately committed to the concept that … “It is up to each of us in the company to keep it so!”
A frequent speaker to professional groups, Wiggins’ message is always focused on positive empowerment and the responsibility that each person has to change the world around them for good.
There are approximately 245 students eligible for graduation. The faculty marshals are Mark Boisclair, EMS Programs Lead Instructor, Public Safety and Christine Cannon, Fine Arts and Social Sciences Division Chair. Student marshals include Celina Feliciano and Cassidy Sharpe.