Toombs specializes in studying, understanding and dealing with the multiple needs of adult learners, many of whom delayed undergraduate or graduate studies to pursue career opportunities, raise families and complete military obligations.
“Dr. Toombs brings to us an extensive background in adult education with extraordinary organizational skills and work ethic,” said Nancy Krippel, Brenau University provost and academic vice president. “Since ‘nontraditional’ students already make up close to two-thirds of the student body and will continue to grow in numbers as the university expands its undergraduate and graduate offerings, it is extremely important to have someone with impeccable credentials responsible for meeting the needs of those students.”
Toombs from 1990 to 2009 worked in a variety of counseling and family care roles primarily in not-for-profit counseling and services organizations in Ohio, Pennsylvania and the metro Atlanta area.
What attracted her to Brenau, she said, was its commitment to incorporate adult learners into the university culture. In many institutions, it is “far too often an us and them” view of “mainstream” students vs. the adult learner population.
“Brenau wants to be known not just for the outstanding Women’s College but for all of its students,” she said. “We are Brenau – regardless of where you are in the [student] spectrum.”