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Philip O. BarryPhilip O. BarryMesalands Community CollegeNew Mexico
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6/30/2011
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Barry began his presidency at Mesalands Community College in 1996. He instituted an extensive strategic planning process that led to the accreditation of the college by the Higher Learning Commission/North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. He also established the North American Wind and Research Training Center at the college. Barry has worked more than 30 years in higher education, and held multiple positions within the community college sector in four states.
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Donald W. CameronDonald W. CameronGuilford Technical Community CollegeNorth Carolina
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7/1/2011
Advice to CEOs
• Purpose—Understand what you are all about.
• Passion—Without understanding your purpose, you will not have passion for your work.
• Persistence—When you get knocked down, get up.
• Patience—As Kenny Rogers said, “You have got to know when to hold them and when to fold them, when to walk away, and when to run.” All of that takes patience.
• Positive Attitude—Your attitude will determine your altitude.

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Cameron became president of Guilford Technical Community College in 1991 after serving as its interim president. Over his career, he has worked as a high school teacher, director of continuing education at Central Carolina Community College, vice president for academic affairs at Spartanburg Technical College and as executive vice president of GTCC for nine years. As CEO, Cameron doubled the college’s budget, formed partnerships with local businesses and developed partnership with the local public K-12 schools.
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Allen EdwardsAllen EdwardsPellissippi State Community CollegeTennessee
25
6/30/2011
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Edwards has served community colleges for 40 years. He became president of Pellissippi Community College in 1993 and was a driving force behind many initiatives, including constructing a new campus and a new media and art center, creating a nursing program in two counties it serves and establishing the Tennessee Consortium for International Studies.
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William "Bill" GiddingsWilliam GiddingsNorthwest Iowa Community CollegeIowa
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5/13/2011

Advice to CEOs
“The advice I have followed is that extraordinary accomplishments come from ordinary people with extraordinary determination. The other is that, as a community college president, don’t ever forget that community is our middle name.”

Bio
Giddings began his presidency at Northwest Iowa Community College in 2005. He has served public two-year colleges for 38 years, with 24 of those years committed to community colleges in Iowa. During his six years at NWICC, Giddings fostered the campus to have a more collegiate feel by adding dorms, a learning and recreation center and new school colors and a mascot for the college.
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Gayle HytrekGayle HytrekMoraine Park Technical CollegeWisconsin
7
6/30/2011
Advice to CEOs
“Plan your schedule with quality down time for yourself and your family. A shorter break with no interruptions from work is more important than a longer break with constant interruptions. Leave your smart phone home.”
Bio
Hytrek served as president of Moraine Park Technical College for seven years. As CEO, she oversaw the construction of two campuses to accommodate the expanding need for health-care programs, new culinary arts and barber and cosmetology centers, and the doubling of the online courses and degree offerings. Hytrek has served higher education for more than 20 years.
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Robert KeysRobert KeysRockingham Community CollegeNorth Carolina
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4/1/2011
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Keys became president of Rockingham Community College in 1996. He retired after 48 years dedicated to public education. Under Keys’ watch, the college was noted in 2010 for its exceptional institution performance, the highest distinction awarded to a community college by the North Carolina Community College System. Only 11 two-year colleges in the state earned the honor.
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Patrick LakePatrick LakeHenderson Community CollegeKentucky
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12/31/2010
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Lake has served as president of Henderson Community College for 25 years. During that time, he saw enrollment climb from 826 students to 2,534. He also helped establish more certificate programs and customized training courses to respond to local workforce needs. In addition, Lake oversaw the addition of the college’s new fine arts center, the academic technical building and the technology center.
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Larry LiteckyLarry LiteckyCentury CollegeMinnesota
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6/30/2011
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Litecky began his presidency at Century College in 2000. He was instrumental in the expansion and renovation of the campus and in the development of new programs that allow employees to visit other community colleges and bring back best practices. Litecky was named the 2006–2007 College President of the Year by the Minnesota State College Student Association and the 2007 Region 5 Pacesetter of the Year by the National Council on Marketing and Public Relations.
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Willis H. LottWillis H. LottMississippi Gulf Coast Community CollegeMississippi
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6/30/2011

Advice to CEOs
“Surround yourself with great people and form a great leadership team. If you try to micromanage everything, you will hold the institution back. Be active in the community, and get to know community leaders. Keep in contact with business and industry to learn what their needs are and what training the college can provide.”

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Lott has served in education for 43 years—13 as president at Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College, where he previously served as vice president of the Perkinston Campus and as vice president for institutional affairs. He has received many awards, including the 2010 Northrop Grumman Educational Leadership Award, 2007 Association of Community College Trustees Regional Chief Executive Officer Award and 2005 recipient of Phi Theta Kappa’s Shirley B. Gordon Award of Distinction. He was a 2005 member of the Mississippi Governor’s Commission for Recovery, Rebuilding and Renewal and led the college in recovery after Hurricane Katrina by offering short-term construction trades training programs and seeking support for the nearly 200 employees who were left with destroyed or severely damaged homes.
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Jeffery R. OlsonJeffery R. OlsonNorth Arkansas CollegeTexas
16
1/31/2011
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Olson began his tenure as the second president of North Arkansas College in 2001. Since then, enrollment at the college increased 34 percent, an 11,000-square-foot allied health addition was built and the college received a $2 million federal grant to promote student success and retention. Previously, Olson served six years as president of Orangeburg-Calhoun Technical College in Orangeburg, S.C.  
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Donovan SchwichtenbergDonovan SchwichtenbergSaint Paul CollegeMinnesota
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6/30/2011

Advice to CEOs
“Maintain a high energy level, and make sure you develop good relationships with the faculty and community members. Make sure all your decisions are made with your students in mind.”

Bio
Schwichtenberg was appointed president of St. Paul College in 1990. He has solidified the college’s finances and initiated several new programs, including the first liberal arts associate degree offered by a technical college in Minnesota. In 2010, Washington Monthly named St. Paul College the best community college in the country. Previously, Schwichtenberg served as campus director at Minneapolis Community and Technical College.
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Stuart SteinerStuart SteinerGennessee Community CollegeNew York
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8/31/2011

Advice to CEOs
“Build on the strengths of your institution and don’t be reluctant to make changes.”

Bio
Steiner, who came to Genesee Community College in 1967, was named its president in 1975. He is believed to be the second longest-serving community college president in the U.S. At his college, Steiner oversaw the development of a comprehensive distance learning program, an accelerated enrollment program and the BEST Center, which provides training and education to managers and employees of area business organizations. Among his honors, Steiner was named a Transformational Leader in Higher Education by the W. K. Kellogg Foundation and has received the University of Texas at Austin Community College Leadership Award.
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Kenneth YowellKenneth YowellEdison Community CollegeOhio
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4/1/2011
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Yowell has served as president of Edison Community College since 1988. In those 22 years, the annual number of students participating in credit courses, non-credit training and various public workshops has grown by four times to more than 10,000. Yowell directed the college in its formation of a business and industry center to meet the training needs of about 100 employers each year. He also launched the Edison Foundation, which has raised several hundred thousand dollars in scholarships for students who otherwise may have been unable to attend college.
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Robert MessinaRobert MessinaBurlington County CollegeNew Jersey
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2/1/2012
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Messina became president of Burlington County College in 1987. He raised the college’s profile by upgrading facilities, adding a second campus, BCC centers in nearby cities and a Culinary Arts Center, set to open in July 2011. Messina has kept the College actively involved with distance education and introduced new academic programs including partnerships with Drexel, Strayer, Rider, Fairleigh Dickinson and Wilmington Universities for on-site bachelor's and master's degree completion programs.
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Thomas MohrThomas MohrCañada CollegeCalifornia
6
7/1/2011
Advice to CEOs
“I believe open, honest communication is the only way to successfully manage an educational institution. Every decision should be shared and transparent.”
Bio
Thomas Mohr will retire at the end of June 2011, ending more than 50 years of service in public education. Mohr, 77, said the decision to retire was made so that he could spend more time with his family. Mohr was named interim president at the college in 2005 and president in 2007. Prior to joining Cañada, Mohr served as superintendent of the San Mateo Union High School District. At Cañada, Mohr helped guide the college and the San Mateo County Community College District through a comprehensive strategic planning and facilities planning process. He has worked to integrate the college with the local high schools and strengthen Cañada’s transfer programs.
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Robin HoffmanRobin HoffmanDeKalb Technical CollegeGeorgia
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7/31/2011
Advice to CEOs
“Look ahead, develop a succession plan and mentor those who have the initiative, energy, ambition and potential to become the educational leaders of the next generation at your college. Provide opportunities for growth and professional development for those who aspire to leadership.”
Bio
Hoffman started at DeKalb Technical College as an instructor 38 years ago and held several administrative positions, including vice president of operations at the Covington campus and dean of instruction, before being named acting president in 2004. On Aug. 15, she will start her new position as a vice president with the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges.
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Zelema HarrisZelema HarrisSt. Louis Community CollegeMissouri
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6/30/2011
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Harris retires with more than 30 years in higher education administration. She was appointed chancellor of St. Louis Community College in 2007 after serving briefly as interim chancellor. Harris has positioned STLCC as a premier provider of training to the plant and life sciences industry, and envisioned a new Corporate Center that will support the economic development of the region and future viability and growth of STLCC. Among her honors, Harris has received the AACC Leadership Award and the Lifetime Achiever Award in Education from the St. Louis American newspaper. Previously, she served 16 years as president of Parkland College in Illinois.
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Priscilla BellPriscilla BellNorth Idaho CollegeIdaho
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6/1/2012
Advice to CEOs
“Be passionate about your work and true to your values; act on your vision; engage with students and faculty not just the community and employers; develop an excellent leadership team which acts with confidence and integrity; don’t be afraid to do the right thing; and take time off.”
Bio
Priscilla Bell has spent 36 years in community college service, including the past four years at North Idaho College in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. Bell was hired as the interim president and selected to fill the position permanently later that year. Bell led North Idaho College during a time of unprecedented enrollment growth and declining state revenue support during the economic slump. She was proud to have furthered the academic mission of NIC over the course of four years at NIC, with students achieving success on the local, regional and national scale. Bell also led the college during the landmark purchase of the former DeArmond Mill site and land on the Rathdrum Prairie for the eventual expansion of professional-technical education in conjunction with the Kootenai Technical Education Consortium (KTEC). 
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Robert E. DunkerRobert E. DunkerWestern Iowa Tech Community CollegeIowa
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7/26/2011
Advice to CEOs
“One of the most important attributes for a new CEO is the ability to listen. There are many different internal and external stakeholders in a community college, and the successful CEO will be able to listen and assimilate all of their input with the board’s and their own visions to chart a positive future course for the college. There will also be greater demands on accountability and the successful CEO must be ahead of the curve in seeing what is coming down the road and be able to position their college to respond in is positive manner.”
Bio
During his 20 years at Western Iowa Tech Community College (WITCC), Dunker has helped elevate the college to a position of leadership within the community through campus upgrades and renovations, innovations in curriculum, and the formation of area partnerships that have enhanced the region’s economic, cultural and educational landscape. He is also responsible for expanding the college’s arts and science programs, which were in their infancy when he became president. Dunker graduated from WITCC in 1967, as part of the college’s first class.
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Ernest MorenoErnest MorenoEast Los Angeles CollegeCalifornia
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8/30/2011
Advice to CEOs
“Conditions for students’ success and increased access to educational opportunities is based on the efficient and effective management of public funds.  All decisions should be guided by this principle. Remember, one person can guide the institution only when excellent choices of faculty, administration and staff work to common purpose. Quality people make a quality president.”
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Moreno was appointed vice president of academic affairs at the college in 1991. Prior to ELAC, he served at the Los Angeles Community College District as chief negotiator for collective bargaining contracts, assistant director of labor relations and director of employer/employee relations. Moreno has been recognized for his leadership by receiving the John W. Rice Diversity Award from the state, being named outstanding administrator of the year by the American Association of Hispanics Association in Higher Education and receiving the Steve Allan Excellence in Education award.
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Larry L. WhitworthLarry L. WhitworthWashtenaw Community CollegeMichigan
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8/31/2011

Advice to CEOs
"I believe that a community college has a responsibility to provide a quality education that changes the lives of its students and their families by:

• sparking imagination that opens the mind in new directions;
• encouraging critical thinking in all areas of learning;
• creating self-initiated, independent learners;
• valuing skill-based occupational and vocational/technical studies as well as general education."

Bio
Whitworth embodied the perfect blend of decisiveness and entrepreneurship. He brought to WCC an uncanny ability to spot and respond swiftly to emerging trends in the classroom, on the job, and in the community. Consequently, he introduced certificate and degree programs for careers unheard of 10 years ago and, with faculty, restructured existing programs to significantly increase completion rates. He was a tireless advocate for community colleges at all levels of government. He will be missed for the respect he had for faculty and staff, and the opportunities he put in place for students.
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Dennis JenkinsDennis JenkinsCentral Arizona CollegeArizona
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1/3/2012
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Jenkins has been with Central Arizona College (CAC) since 1972, serving as a staff accountant, then moving up through the positions of comptroller, dean of business services, vice president of finance and administration, vice president of finance and facilities, and senior vice president of finance and community development before being appointed president/CEO in 2007. As CEO, his accomplishments include passage of a bond to support the expansion of CAC, the building of two new campuses, and keeping the college financially sound during an economic downturn.
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Charles EarlWashington State Board of Community and Technical CollegesWashington
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7/31/2012
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Charles Earl, executive director of the Washington State Board of Community and Technical Colleges (SBCTC), announced his plans to retire in July. Under his leadership over the last six years, the system has been recognized for several programs that have helped to increase the number of students who finished their college degrees, particularly I-BEST (Integrated Basic Education Skills Training), which has been cited several times by President Barack Obama regarding innovations in community colleges. Previously, Earl was president of Everett Community College, where he served for seven years. Before that, he worked as a deputy to then-King County Executive Gary Locke and as general manager of the Snohomish Public Utility District.
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Ted Martinez, Jr.Rio Hondo CollegeCalifornia
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6/30/2012
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Ted Martinez, Jr., president and superintendent of Rio Hondo College (RHC) in California, plans to retire June 30 after 41 years of service to community colleges. He has served as president of RHC for the past five years and has led a $245-million facilities construction project, which has revitalized and transformed the campus. Martinez has held a variety of administrative positions at El Paso Community College (Texas) and the seven-college Dallas County Community College District. He also served as associate vice chancellor of City Colleges of Chicago (Illinois) and as president of Richard J. Daley College (Illinois). Most recently, Martinez was president of Grossmont College (California).
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Becky PaneitzNorthWest Arkansas Community CollegeArkansas
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6/1/2013
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Becky Paneitz, who has served as president of NorthWest Arkansas Community College (NWACC) since 2003, announced her plans to retire in June 2013. For nearly a decade, Paneitz has led the college during a time of tremendous growth, helping make it one of the largest and fastest growing community colleges in the state. Enrollment at the time she became president was 4,915; today it is at 8,528. Paneitz began her career in higher education at Pueblo Community College (Colorado) in 1985 as a part-time criminal justice instructor and then served as department chair. Later, she served as dean of technology and trades before serving as dean of arts, business and communication. In 1999, Paneitz joined Central Piedmont Community College (North Carolina) as vice president for instruction until she was named CEO at NWACC.
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Preston PulliamsPortland Community CollegeOregon
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7/1/2013
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Preston Pulliams, district president of Portland Community College (PCC) in Oregon, plans to retire from the college in July 2013. He has served as PCC’s president since May 2004. One of the most significant achievements during Pulliams’ tenure was passing a $374-million bond measure in 2008, the largest educational bond measure in Oregon. Prior to coming to PCC, Pulliams served as vice chancellor for Community Colleges for the State University of New York (SUNY), where he coordinated and directed activities of the 30 community colleges in the SUNY system. He also served as president of Orange County Community College (New York), from 1997-2003, and as president of the Highland Lakes Campus of the Oakland Community College District in Michigan from 1993-97. Upon retirement, Pulliams plans to pursue a consulting practice helping other college boards in their executive searches, as well as travel and enjoy time with his grandson.
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Jack ScottCalifornia Community CollegesCalifornia
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9/1/2012
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Jack Scott, chancellor of California Community Colleges, plans to retire on Sept. 1, capping a 58-year career in higher education and public service. He has served as head of the nation’s largest system of higher education since 2009. Scott, a powerful advocate for increased investment in higher education, has provided leadership that streamlined the transfer process from community colleges to the California State University with the new Associate Degree for Transfer program. He was also a driving force in helping to craft the recommendations of the California Community Colleges Board of Governors Student Success Task Force, which will lead to more students transferring to four-year institutions and earning certificates and degrees on time. Previously, Scott served in the California Legislature for 12 years as a state senator (2000-2008) and a member of the assembly. He served as chair of the Senate Committee on Education.
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Rodney AllbrightAlvin Community CollegeTexas
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1/1/2014
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Rodney Allbright, president of Alvin Community College (ACC) in Texas, has announced that he will step down as president when his current contract ends in 2014. He began his tenure as CEO of the college in 1976—nearly 36 years ago. Allbright said he is particularly proud of the quality of education students receive at ACC, noting that its transfer students have a higher grade-point average than students who start their college education at a four-year institution.
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Marsha BordnerTerra State Community CollegeOhio
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6/30/2012
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Marsha Bordner, who has served as president of Terra State Community College since 2002, will retire June 30. Bordner has spent more than 35 years in higher education both as an educator and as an administrator. She began her career as an arts and science faculty member at Clark State Community College (Ohio). She then served there as dean of the department and later as vice president for academic and student affairs. In 2011, Bordner received the Athena Award from the Sandusky County Chamber of Commerce.
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Brice HarrisLos Rios Community College DistrictCalifornia
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8/31/2012
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Brice Harris, chancellor of Los Rios Community College District in California, will retire at the end of August. Over his nearly 16-year tenure as CEO, Harris has led the district through two local bond measures to renovate and expand all four of its colleges, and he oversaw the building of several education centers through the region. Previously Harris served as president of Fresno City College and as a faculty member and administrator in the Kansas City, Mo., community college system.
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James SteckIvy Tech Community CollegeIndiana
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6/1/2012
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James Steck, the long-time chancellor of Ivy Tech Community College Richmond (Indiana), plans to retire at the end of the 2012 spring term. He began his duties as the college’s regional chancellor in1997, after serving as executive dean for seven years.
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McKinley WilliamsContra Costa CollegeCalifornia
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12/31/2012
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McKinley Williams, president of California’s Contra Costa College (CCC), which he has served for 21 years, will retire Dec. 31. In 1990, Williams was hired as dean of instruction at CCC. His leadership continued as he became acting CCC president in 1992; dean in 1994; vice president of academic and student affairs in 2001; interim president in 2005; and formally appointed president in 2006.
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James MeznekVentura County Community College DistrictCalifornia
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6/1/2012
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James Meznek, chancellor of the Ventura County Community College District in California, has announced plans to retire this coming summer. During his seven years as CEO of the district, Meznek, 61, guided the district through significant budget cuts that prompted layoffs, as well as reductions in classes and services. A community college graduate himself, Meznek's higher education administrative career has spanned nearly 30 years, with leadership positions in California, Wyoming and at the California Community College Chancellor's Office. He was president/superintendent of Barstow College (California) for six years before serving as chancellor.
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James LinkszBucks County Community CollegePennsylvania
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1/1/2012
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James Linksz, who has served as president of Bucks County Community College (BCCC) in Pennsylvania since 1992, plans to retire in 2012. Linksz’s service to the community went beyond the college’s campuses. He served on the boards of the Bucks County Economic Development Commission, the Bristol Riverside Theater, the David Library of the American Revolution and Pearl S. Buck International. Linksz is former chair of the Lower Bucks County Chamber of Commerce’s Leadership Bucks County Advisory Board. Prior to coming to BCCC, Linksz served as a dean and professor at Catonsville Community College (Maryland), and earlier was the founding dean at Rappahannock Community College (Virginia).
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Sheila OrtegoSanta Fe Community CollegeNew Mexico
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8/31/2012
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Sheila Ortego, president of Santa Fe Community College (New Mexico), plans to retire at the end of August 2012. Ortego, who in her sixth year as president of the college, said she is leaving to care for her elderly mother. Ortega has held numerous faculty and administrative posts at the college since it was founded in 1983. She cited ongoing work to construct the Santa Fe Higher Education Center and the college’s continuing efforts to improve performance under the Quality New Mexico model as her priorities until her retirement.
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Thelma Scott-SkillmanFolsom Lake CollegeCalifornia
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7/1/2012
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Thelma Scott-Skillman, founding president of Folsom Lake College in California, has announced plans to retire in July 2012. She was appointed CEO in 2001. Over a 40-year career, Scott-Skillman has served in various other posts at four colleges and the California Community College System office. She is also active in local, state, regional and national organizations, including the Folsom Economic Development Corp., the American Association of Community Colleges and the national President’s Round Table of African-American CEOs.
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Max WingettPatrick Henry Community CollegeVirginia
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6/1/2012
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Max Wingett, president of Patrick Henry Community College (Virginia) for 33 years, will retire next June. Under his leadership, the college expanded its offerings from mainly freshman and sophomore academic courses to include workforce development through career and technical programs. It also saw enrollment jump from 1,300 to 3,200. Previously, Wingett, 71, was president of Southside Virginia Community College and also served at Black Hawk College in Illinois.
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Vernon CrawleyMoraine County Community CollegeIllinois
6/30/2012
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Vernon Crawley, president of Moraine Valley Community College (MVCC) in Illinois and the longest-serving college/university CEO in the state, will retire June 30. Since coming to the college in 1991, Crawley’s overarching emphasis has been on student success. Under his leadership, MVCC was selected as a Vanguard College of Learning—one of 12 community colleges in the U.S. and Canada to receive the designation. Crawley has served on numerous local, regional and national boards, including a three-year term on the board of directors of the American Association of Community Colleges, the League for Innovation in the Community Colleges and the American Council in Education. In 2009, he received the Marie Y. Martin Chief Executive Officer of the Year from the Association of Community College Trustees, and in 2005 was named the regional and national Communicator of the Year by the National Council for Marketing and Public Relations.
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Robert RitschelSpoon River CollegeIllinois
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7/1/2012
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Robert Ritschel, president of Spoon River College in Illinois, has announced he plans to retire in July 2012. He has served as the college’s seventh president since August 2005. Among his achievements at the college, Ritschel, 64, cited the construction of centers in Havana and Rushville as important steps in serving the educational needs in those communities. He also noted the new Macomb Outreach Center as being a model for serving the non-credit needs of many constituents throughout western Illinois. Ritschel previously served as dean of the Alpine Campus of Colorado Mountain College and director of the Bootheel Education Center, an extension of Three Rivers Community College and Southeast Missouri State University.
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Larry McDougleOwens Community CollegeOhio
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6/30/2012
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Larry McDougle, president of Owens Community College (OCC) in Ohio, plans to retire at the conclusion of his contract on June 30, 2012. He was named the college CEO in 2010. Under his leadership, OCC has expanded educational opportunities to new communities, opened a new learning center, and complete campus renovations. The college has also expanded efforts in new energy training by unveiling a new wind turbine and solar array and developing an energy strategic plan to reduce energy usage by more than 20 percent. Previously, McDougle served as president at Northwest State Community College (Ohio) and as academic dean of instruction in the Community and Technical College of the University of Toledo (Ohio).
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Gregory AdkinsAshland Community and Technical CollegeKentucky
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6/30/2012
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Gregory Adkins, president of Ashland Community and Technical College, will retire June 30 after serving at the helm of the college for 11 years. His service at ACTC will conclude 30 years as president of colleges in three states. Adkins started in 2001 as president of Ashland Community College and CEO of the Kentucky Community and Technical College System’s Ashland District, which included then Ashland Technical College. During his tenure, the two colleges consolidated to become ACTC. Over the past 10 years, enrollment at the college grew from 3,436 to nearly 5,000 students. More than 50 diploma, certificate and degree options were added, and numerous transfer agreements were signed with area college and universities. Other milestones achieved under Adkins’ leadership include completion of the “Fulfilling the Promise Campaign” that raised more than $5 million. The college also received a nearly $2 million federal Title III grant to increase student success and developed a framework for an early college high school.
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Kathleen SchatzbergCape Cod Community CollegeMassachussetts
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6/30/2012
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During Kathleen Schatzberg's term as president, Cape Cod Community College (CCCC) developed national stature in both the teaching and modeling of sustainability. The college also became a national leader and mentor to other community colleges around the country in engaging the “plus 50” population. Schatzberg has served as president of CCCC since 1998. Previously, she served in administrative and faculty positions at community colleges in New York and Minnesota, and as an English teacher in public high schools. Schatzberg is passionate about the multiple missions of community colleges for career training and the liberal arts, and see two-year colleges as “democracy's colleges” that are instruments of social justice, as well as centers of cultural and civic engagement for their communities.
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Arthur ScottNorthampton Community CollegePennsylvania
6/30/2012
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As president of Northampton Community College (NCC), Arthur Scott has focused on leading the institution around a strategic vision of access, engagement and excellence. During his term as CEO, credit enrollment has increased 49 percent, with much of the growth fueled by traditionally aged students and by minorities (minority enrollment rose 174 percent, and the number of minority faculty and staff increased by 66 percent). Scott also championed the establishment of the Fowler Family Southside Center, a community center, which opened in 2006. The initial goal was to serve 5,000 students in five years—a number nearly surpassed within its first year. This fall, NCC plans to start building a full-service branch campus in Monroe County. Scott’s other achievements include developing and reinforcing ties with local school districts; the creation of a President's Leadership Institute to develop future college leaders; and the successful completion of a $14-million capital campaign.
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Phil SutphinEast Central Community CollegeMississippi
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6/30/2012
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Phil Sutphin, who joined East Central Community College as its president in 1988, has spearheaded many of the college’s more important efforts over the past 24 years. Those accomplishments include: implementation of computer/technology upgrades; online instruction through the Mississippi Virtual Community College; new health-care education programs (such as surgical technology and EMT-paramedic technology); and the addition of the hotel and restaurant management technology and culinary arts technology programs. Previously, Sutphin served as assistant to the president and assistant director of student affairs for financial aid at Concord College in West Virginia.
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Marsha DrennonState Fair Community CollegeMissouri
6/30/2013
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Marsha Drennon, who has led State Fair Community College (Missouri) to record enrollment and an expansion of course offerings on campus and online, will retire as president on June 30, 2013. Her nearly 10-year tenure has included an $8-million capital campaign, which enhanced the college’s allied health programs, provided more student scholarships and built a new science and allied health center. Drennon previously served as vice president for institutional advancement and executive director of the San Juan College Foundation at San Juan College (New Mexico). She plans to return to New Mexico and do consulting work with community colleges, assisting them with fundraising and resource development.
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Michael KaslerCypress CollegeCalifornia
6/30/2012
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Michael Kasler—who learned English as a second language, stocked grocery-store shelves in one of his first jobs and later became Cypress College president—has spent his final day on campus prior to retirement. An unwavering advocate of students, Kasler was focused on their success throughout his 38 years in education. He enters retirement after 20 years at the California college. Previously, Kasler served the K-12 educational system for 18 years as a teacher, high school principal and assistant superintendent. In 1992, he came to Cypress College as dean of business and computer information systems and quickly moved up the ranks.
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Larry PetersonShawnee Community CollegeIllinois
11/30/2012
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Larry Peterson, president of Shawnee Community College (SCC) in Illinois, will retire Nov. 30. Peterson, who joined the college as its CEO in 2007, previously served for 20 years at John A. Logan College. At SCC, he has taken aggressive approach to growth, challenging the staff to work with him to double enrollment over five years. Peterson has reached out to economic development entities throughout the college district to create partnerships between the college and business and industry to bring economic growth to the southernmost part of Illinois.
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Barbara WoodleeKennebec Valley Community CollegeMaine
12/31/2012
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Barbara Woodlee is giving retirement another try. Woodlee, who retired in 2010 as president of Kennebec Valley Community College (KVCC) in Maine, returned earlier this year as the college’s CEO after two national searches did not yield viable candidates. Woodlee, 65, said that she plans to retire as CEO in December but will serve on as a part-time academic officer for the Maine Community College System. She joined KVCC in 1976 as director of adult education at then-Kennebec Valley Vocational Technical Institute. She was named president of the college in 1984. Woodlee started her higher education with a two-year degree from Cazenovia College in New York.
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Karen RafinskiClark State Community CollegeOhio
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6/3/2013
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Karen Rafinski, president of Clark State Community College (CSCC) in Ohio, plans to retire in June 2013. Over her 16 years at the helm of the college, enrollment has more than doubled, CSCC expanded to more locations and it has developed closer ties with local businesses. Between her CSCC presidency and her previous presidencies at higher education institutions in Minnesota, Rafinski has spent 26 years as CEO at three institutions and 41 years in higher education. Her national honors include being named the 2008 Outstanding Community College President by the Association of Community College Trustees and receiving the 2003 Shirley B. Gordon Award of Distinction from the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society.
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