FLORENCE, S.C. – Francis Marion University psychology professor John R. Hester has been named director of FMU’s Center for the Child.
Hester will also remain as chair of the FMU Department of Psychology, a position he has held since 1999.
Earlier this year, the university obtained a $2 million appropriation from the legislature to build the Center for the Child. This center will be a child development and evaluation clinic to train professionals and provide direct service to children and their families. The center will include a child study lab that will provide state-of-the-art day care for children and their families. Construction of the center is expected to begin in the summer of 2006.
Hester, a native of Greenville, earned the B.A. degree in psychology from Clemson University and the M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in school psychology from the University of South Carolina. He is a nationally certified school psychologist and has worked in private practice, consulting with individual clients and area school districts, for more than 20 years. Prior to joining the FMU faculty in 1980, he worked as a school psychologist in Richland School District 2. He also worked as a school psychology intern in the Fairfield County, Richland 1 and Lexington 2 school districts.
"John Hester’s expertise in school psychology makes him an ideal choice to head the Center for the Child," said FMU president Fred Carter. "His years of experience working with children will be a tremendous asset in this important position."
Hester has presented numerous professional papers and has several publications. He has also served on a number of academic committees at FMU. He is a member of several professional organizations, including the American Psychological Society, the National Association of School Psychologists, the South Carolina Association of School Psychologists, the Southeastern Psychological Association, and the Association of Heads of Departments in Psychology.
Hester and his wife, Patricia, reside in Marion. They have three children: Zachary, Rachel and Brett.
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