New CEOs

Kimberly Beatty will serve as the eighth chancellor of Metropolitan Community College-Kansas City in Missouri. She currently is vice chancellor for instructional services and chief academic officer at Houston Community College (Texas). Prior to that, Beatty was associate vice chancellor for student success at Tarrant County College in Texas, where she was responsible for district wide implementation of Achieving the Dream, Upward Bound, College Access and Outreach, Title III, and process improvement of student development services and success initiatives. Beatty has 28 years of teaching and administrative experience in higher education.

Lyn Brodersen Cochran will be the next president of Scott Community College (SCC) in Iowa beginning in August. She currently is assistant vice president for organizational development at Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, a position she has held since 2013. She also is a lecturer at Drake University and Iowa State University in the areas of qualitative research methodology. Her previous experiences include serving as vice president for academic and student affairs at North Iowa Community College; dean of arts, letters and sciences at Southwest Minnesota State University; campus executive officer and dean at University of Wisconsin-Richland; and dean of liberal arts and sciences at Central Lakes College in Minnesota.

Angela M. Garcia Falconetti will serve as the fifth president of Polk State College in Florida, effective July. She currently is vice president of institutional advancement of Virginia Western Community College, as position she’s held since 2012. Prior to that, Falconetti was vice president of planning, development and institutional effectiveness at Florida’s Daytona State College. She has also served as dean of transitional and institutional effectiveness services at Daytona State, and an education program specialist and special assistant secretary for community colleges at the U.S. Department of Education.

Tonjua Williams has been named the seventh president of Florida’s St. Petersburg College (SPC). She will be the college’s first woman and first African-American to serve as CEO. Since 2013, Williams has served as senior vice president of student services at SPC. Over her 30 years at the college, she also served as vice president of academic and student affairs and provost of the Tarpon Springs Campus.


Anthony E. Munroe is now president of Essex County College (New Jersey), after serving as the college’s interim president. He previously was president of Malcolm X College in Illinois. Prior to that, Munroe held senior leadership positions in health care institutions. He has also been a visiting assistant professor of sociology at DePaul University in Illinois.

Interim CEO

Rich Haney will serve as interim president of Illinois’ College of Lake County (CLC), effective July 1. He has served as provost since 2013 and is the college’s chief academic officer. He joined CLC in 1999 as dean of business and industry services and served as the assistant vice president and vice president for educational affairs prior to being named provost.


Randy Parker, president of Guilford Technical Community College, has received the North Carolina State College of Education’s 2017 Higher Education Distinguished Alumni Award in recognition of his outstanding contributions to higher education and his impact on North Carolina. He has served as the college’s CEO since 2011. Previously, Parker was president of Vance-Granville Community College (North Carolina).


Christina Royal, president of Holyoke Community College in Massachusetts, has been appointed to the board of directors of the Massachusetts Technology Collaborative, a nonprofit public agency that seeks to advance economic development through technological innovation, particularly in key industries such as health care, life sciences, information technology, nanotechnology, broadband deployment and marine sciences.

In more than 13 years as president of New York’s Rockland Community College (RCC), Cliff L. Wood made a substantial impact both on RCC and the Rockland County community. Though Wood will retire at the end of the month, he will remain linked to RCC as the college’s first president emeritus.

“Under Dr. Wood’s leadership, RCC has reached out to every corner of Rockland to serve the County’s educational, cultural and business needs,” said Martin Wortendyke, chair of the board of trustees. “He is widely known as a leader of vision and integrity, and is clearly deserving of this title.”

Barbara Brothers is the new executive director of corporate and business solutions at Wake Technical Community College in North Carolina. Previously, she was vice president of campus admissions at Universal Technical Institute in North Carolina.

Michael McGee is now executive director of human resources at the College of the Mainland in Texas. He has more than 20 years of experience as a human resources officer with school districts in Houston and San Antonio, and with the U.S. Army.

Jean Svacina is now vice president of academic affairs at Howard Community College in Maryland. She previously served in an interim capacity in that position. Past work experiences at the college include dean of English and world languages, acting division chair, associate chair and director of English as a second language.

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