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Janet Gullickson will become the sixth president of Germanna Community College in Virginia. She has presided over two community colleges, including her current position as president of Spokane Falls Community College (Washington), a position she has held since 2012. Prior to that, she served two years as the chief academic officer for the second largest district of Community Colleges of Spokane (Washington). Gullickson served as president of Front Range Community College in Colorado between 2004 and 2005. She was also the interim president and provost in Minnesota of what is now called the Northeast Higher Education District.

JoAnna Schilling has been named as the new president of Cypress College in California, effective July 1. Schilling has for the last 15 years served as an instructor and college administrator, most recently as interim vice president of academic affairs at Rio Hondo College, where she also previously served in multiple roles, including dean of arts and cultural programs, continuing and contract education, and interim vice president of academic affairs from 2006 to 2012. From 2012 to 2016, she served at Cerritos College as vice president of academic affairs/assistant superintendent.

Roger Stanford will serve as the seventh president of Western Technical College in Wisconsin, effective July 1. He is currently the college’s vice president of academic affairs. During his two years at Western, Stanford started a flexible learning initiative that targets working adult students, created a team model to engage faculty in student success initiatives and college priorities, and led the implementation of a K-12 academy model, including the design of a facility to serve high school juniors and seniors. Prior to Western, he was vice president of instruction at Chippewa Valley Technical College. Stanford has also worked in higher education as an instructor, a dean and a director of professional development, in addition to 10 years teaching at the high school level.

Vicky Wood has been selected as the seventh president of Washington State Community College in Ohio, effective July 1. She is currently provost and vice president of academic affairs and student services at Marion Technical College (MTC) in Ohio. Previously, Wood was dean of business information technologies and criminal justice at MTC.

Kudos

Sandy Shugart, president of Valencia College in Florida, is one of three recipients of this year’s McGraw Prize in Education, which honors outstanding individuals who have dedicated themselves to improving education and whose accomplishments are making a difference. Shugart was cited for transforming the college by focusing on best practices of student success. From 2006 to 2014, Valencia has seen an 83 percent increase in the number of students who earn an associate degree each year.

Becky Duckett, director of Gadsden State Community College’s international programs and the Alabama Language Institute, has been selected as a scholar through the Fulbright Program, a highly competitive fellowship that enables students and faculty members to pursue academic experiences abroad. Duckett will participate in the U.S.-Korea International Education Administrators Program. She will spend two weeks creating connections with the societal, cultural and higher education systems of Korea.

Appointments

Eileen Husband has been named general counsel at Oakland Community College (OCC) in Michigan. She formerly was general counsel and vice president of legal services at Henry Ford College in Michigan. Husband brings more than 15 years of local and statewide community college experience to OCC, including general counsel to the Michigan Community College Risk Management Authority representing its 21-member colleges throughout the state.

Diane Nyhammer is now vice president of educational affairs at Waubonsee Community College in Illinois. She previously was vice president of learning/chief academic officer served at Blackhawk Technical College since 2013. Prior to that, Nyhammer served for more than 11 years as a full-time English faculty member at McHenry County College and has more than 10 years of experience as an academic administrator.

Daniel Reed is now program director of Guilford Technical Community College’s fifth aviation degree program: aerostructures manufacturing and repair. The North Carolina college’s new program will launch this fall.

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