The Franklin News-Post|
P. O. Box 250
310 Main Street, SW
Rocky Mount, Virginia 24151
Wednesday, June 26, 2013
By STACEY HAIRSTON - Staff Writer
The Franklin County School Board appointed Julie Nix of Ferrum to the Blue Ridge District seat left vacant by Ed Jamison, who resigned May 13 when the board voted to cut middle school sports.
The board voted unanimously Monday night in favor of Nix filling the position until a special election can be held in November.
Chairwoman Sarah Alexander said the board received two applications for the position.
"The whole board agreed that she (Nix) brought the most experience from higher education," said Alexander. "She has great enthusiasm for our county schools and shares in our commitment to make Franklin County schools the best they can be."
Nix earned her bachelor's degree in English from the University of South Carolina in 1993.
She has held various positions over the years, including office management and sales. She has also worked for NASA and Hershey's Chocolate.
She was admissions counselor at Ferrum College from 2002 to 2005, recruiting high school students from other states to attend Ferrum.
In 2005, she took the position of financial aid director at Ferrum College, where she currently works.
"I counsel students and offer them options on how to afford a college education," said Nix. "It affords me the luxury of keeping my students for four years instead of just one short one."
"Education, or more importantly, taking care of students, has become a passion of mine, as I get to see first-hand what education can do," Nix added. "I love knowing that I have a hand in helping students figure out what they are going to be and how to make it happen."
Nix is the wife of Patrick Nix, an assistant commonwealth's attorney for Franklin County. The couple has two daughters, Zoe, 8, who is a third grader at Ferrum Elementary, and Ella, 2.
"Ferrum Elementary has been such a wonderful and important part of my daughter's life, and in turn, my life as well," said Nix. "It would be an honor to serve this district, when it's done so much for me and my family."
Nix said she is planning to run for the permanent position in November.
The term for the Blue Ridge District seat expires Dec. 31, 2015.