Psychology Professor Retires
May 8, 2012 Enterprise, AL - Enterprise State Community College announces the retirement of Dr. Don Crook, Psychology professor.
“Dr. Crook has been an amazing asset to Enterprise State Community College,” said Dr. Nancy W. Chandler, ESCC President. “He has always been known to be open and receptive to discuss any issues with not only students, but faculty and staff as well. His expertise has been highly regarded in his field of study and we are proud to have him as a part of our ESCC family.”
Dr. Crook began his teaching career while a Doctoral student at the University of Alabama. Awarded a half-time graduate assistant-ship, Crook taught classes at UA as well as adjunct at Shelton State Community College in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.
After receiving his Doctorate, he continued teaching adjunct at Shelton State until he moved to Enterprise, Alabama to become the Director of the Community Mental Health Center when he also taught adjunct at Enterprise Junior College (now ESCC). Later, Crook moved to Dothan, Alabama where he became Clinical Director of Charterwoods Hospital and taught adjunct for Troy University Dothan campus.
“Dr. Don is one of the most encouraging faculty members that I’ve encountered,” said George Scott, an ESCC speech instructor and fellow faculty member. “He’s always told me that I can do anything and encouraged me to continue to move forward.”
Crook eventually opened his own private practice in Dothan when he counseled children and adults for 23 years. Finally, after retiring from his practice in 1999, Crook began teaching full-time at Enterprise State Community College where he has remained a revered and well-respected faculty member.
“There are two things in my career that I loved the most. The years of private practice where I specialized in helping children and adolescence was rewarding because I was able to see them grow and prosper,” said Dr. Crook. “Teaching brought me the opportunity to impart wisdom and the ability to think and be creative to college-age students.”
Crook received a Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry and a Masters in Counseling in Human Development from Troy State University, and a Doctorate in Counseling & Psychology from the University of Alabama.