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Sue Bartlett joins SCC Board of Trustees

SYLVA – A longtime educator in Jackson County, Sue Bartlett was sworn in as a member of the Board of Trustees on Tuesday, March 23.

She earned her bachelor’s degree from Western Carolina University then started her career in Haywood County before spending 28 years with Jackson County Public Schools including Smokey Mountain Elementary School, Scotts Creek School, Camp Lab and Cullowhee Valley School.

She currently volunteers with Circles of Hope, works with Jackson Community School and is active in multiple book clubs as well as the Cullowhee United Methodist Church. She is a member of Alpha Delta Kappa, an international honorary organization for women educators.

“I am so honored to have been asked to serve in this capacity, and I just hope I can do a good job supporting the community and the people who make it great,” Bartlett said. “I have heard so many great things about SCC and the board. The agenda is the students, and everything else you leave at the door.”

She resides in Sylva with her husband Roger, who is a partner in Western Builders. Their son Sam resides in Sylva, and their daughter – Meredith Bartlett – lives in Arizona. Sue and Roger have three grandchildren: Betty, Bo and Bert.

Sue Bartlett’s term runs through 2025.

“As someone who truly understands the value of education, Sue is an ideal choice for our Board of Trustees,” said Dr. Don Tomas, SCC President. “I’m looking forward to working with her, and everyone on our board, as we focus on helping our students succeed.”

For more information on Southwestern Community College and the programs it offers, visit, call 828.339.4000 or drop by your nearest SCC location.


For more than 50 years, Southwestern Community College has served Jackson, Macon, Swain Counties, and the Qualla Boundary by offering a wide range of educational options for residents in all stages of life.  SCC has been ranked No. 1 by in its listing of “The Best Community Colleges & Trade Schools of 2020,” marking the fourth time in the past 15 years Southwestern has ranked among the nation’s Top 10 community colleges. SCC provides a supportive learning environment and more than 40 degree programs in Health Sciences, Arts and Sciences/College Transfer and Career Technologies.  SCC also offers a variety of community resources, including the Small Business Center, Workforce Continuing Education and Career Services.

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