Dr. Telly Sellars will return to Harlan County May 8 to deliver the keynote address during the 50th commencement, and awarding of degrees at Southeast Kentucky Community and Technical College. The service will begin at 6 p.m. and will be held in the gymnasium at Harlan County High School. A total of 650 students are eligible to receive diplomas, certificates and degrees.
A native of Lynch, Dr. Sellars recalls at the end of the school day walking to the Cumberland campus where he would observe the education process and mingle with the college students. He often traveled with his parents, longtime college employees Charles “Red” and Mitzi Sellars, to student programs and off- campus registration events. Charles Sellars served the college for over 35 years as the dean of student affairs while Mitzi Sellars was a professor, teaching in the nursing program.
“My definition of college was shaped by those who worked at Southeast and by those who supported the community,” Dr. Sellars said. “Being exposed to the inner workings of a community college taught me many things and made me want to pursue a career in higher education.”
He is the coordinator of counseling at Jefferson Community and Technical College in Louisville. Prior to that posting, he was the director of admissions at Spalding University in Louisville.