DUBLIN — Lt. Col. Vivian Taylor will be the keynote speaker at Bladen Community College’s Fall Convocation on Thursday, Sept. 4, at 11 a.m. This marks the 47th year since Bladen Community College was officially established.
A native of West Point, Miss., Taylor was raised in a large family-centered home that inspired her to strive for success. She realized early in life that a higher education was a necessity and that funding that education would be an important requirement. To do so, she enlisted in the United States Army Reserves where she began her career as an enlisted soldier in the Medical Corps.
Her first assignment was with the 305th Field Hospital as an operating room technician and medical technician in the hospital of her birth.
As a result of her hard work and determination, she became one of the first generation college graduates in her family. In 1991, she earned both a Bachelor of Science in Nursing and Bachelor of Arts in Military Science from the University of Southern Mississippi. That same year she was commissioned as a Nurse Corps Officer in the United States Army and continued her military career as an active duty officer with her first assignment at Womack Army Medical Center. During her six-year tour of duty at Womack, Taylor served as a clinical nurse in the Maternal Child Health Unit, Post-Operative Surgical Unit, and Medical Intensive Care Unit.
In 1997 she joined the federal services as a civilian clinical nurse with Fayetteville Veterans Affairs Hospital and later returned to Womack Army Medical Center. As a civilian, Taylor’s career involved medical Intensive Care, Outpatient Primary Care, and her current assignment as Head Nurse of Outpatient Pediatrics. In 1997 she also returned to the Army Reserves and became a member of the 3274th US Army Hospital. While assigned with the 3274th USAH and 7236th Medical Support Unit, Taylor served as the officer in charge of the Medical Intensive Care Unit, and the Outpatient Surgery Clinic.
Taylor has completed three tours of duty as a mobilized Reservist in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. In doing so, she was assigned as medical OIC of the Soldier Readiness Processing site in Fort Riley, Ks., clinical nurse case manager with the Warrior Transition Unit, Fort Bragg, and currently as the senior nurse case manager with the Community Based Warrior Transition Unit.
Taylor’s military education includes AMEDD Officer Basic and Advanced Courses; Army Advance Nurse Leadership Course and Command and General Staff Distance Learning Course. She is now seeking to advance her education with a Master of Science in Nursing with emphasis in Public Health Nursing at Grand Canyon University.
Her military awards and decorations include: Army Commendation Medal (sixth Award), Army Superior Unit Award, Army Reserve Component Achievement Medal (8th Award), Armed Forces Reserve Medal with Mobilized Device, National Defense Service Medal with Bronze Service Star, National Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, and Army Service Ribbon.
Taylor is married to “her best friend,” Robert P. Taylor, who is currently Bladen County superintendent of schools. During her free time, she enjoys family ties with her husband and three children. She also enjoys social and community involvement with the members of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.
Convocation has long been a tradition to mark the beginning of the academic year at many colleges and universities.