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Hal Higdon, chancellor of Ozarks Technical Community College (OTC), will receive the 2017 Missourian Award at the 24th annual Missourian Awards ceremony in September. The award honors outstanding Missourians who have made widespread contributions to the state through civic, business, arts or political work. Higdon has served OTC as chancellor and president of the Springfield campus since 2006. Upon his arrival, he aligned the leadership at OTC to focus primarily on workforce training, which led to the expansion of the college’s online offerings and new programs in allied health. As a result, OTC established new significance with area employers, and enrollment increased by more than 44 percent.

Deborah Lamm, president of Edgecombe Community College in North Carolina, has received the 2017 Southern Regional Chief Executive Officer Award from the Association of Community College Trustees. The award is based on the nominee’s impact on innovative programming at the institution, service to two-year postsecondary education, recognition of leadership, commitment to a collegial learning environment, and published professional articles.


Pamela Pape-Lindstrom is now dean of science, technology, engineering and mathematics at Harford Community College in Maryland. Previously, Pape-Lindstrom spent 10 years as the co-chair of the life sciences department at Everett Community College in Washington.

Marty Richards is the new executive director of the Cape Fear Community College Foundation in North Carolina. He previously served as executive director of the Rowan-Cabarrus Community College Foundation for three years.

Ruth Williams has been named dean of curriculum and instruction at Oakton Community College in Illinois. She previously was dean of natural science and health careers at the college.

Prairie State College (PSC) in Illinois recently welcomed two new deans to campus: Carol Fawcett, dean of allied health and emergency services, and Janice Kaushal, dean of career technical education. Fawcett comes from Fox College, where she served as a faculty member and director of the physical therapist assistant program. Kaushal comes from North Park University in Chicago and Robert Morris University, where she was serving as an adjunct faculty member.

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