Jim Klauber will serve as president of Hagerstown Community College (Maryland), effective June 1. He is currently president of John C. Calhoun State Community College in Alabama. Before serving at Calhoun, Klauber was president of Owensboro Community and Technical College in Kentucky. He also was senior vice president and general counsel, and vice president for institutional advancement for Piedmont Technical College in South Carolina. Klauber served 27 years in the South Carolina National Guard, retiring with the rank of lieutenant colonel, and served 10 years in the South Carolina House of Representatives.

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Jason Hurst was named president of Cleveland Community College in North Carolina, effective April 2. Hurst currently is senior director of workforce development for the Alabama Community College System. He has 24 years of experience in higher education, including serving as president of Chipola College in Florida. Hurst came to Chipola in 2011 as vice president of baccalaureate and workforce development and was promoted to executive vice president in 2013. Prior to that, Hurst was vice president for workforce education and academic support at Pensacola State College and served at Central Alabama Community College as director of workforce development and director of the Talladega Center. Prior to that, he was assistant dean of workforce development at Gadsden State Community College.

Shanna Jackson was named president of Nashville State Community College in Tennessee, effective June 1. She is currently associate vice president of the Williamson County Campus at Columbia State Community College, which she joined in 2010. Jackson has more than 20 years of experience in higher education administration and nearly 12 years of full- and part-time teaching experience. She has served as dean of extended services at Columbia State, executive assistant to the president at Volunteer State Community College, and interim vice president for resource development and executive director of the college foundation at Volunteer State Community College.

Michael L. Torrence will serve as the next president of Motlow State Community College in Tennessee, effective May 1. He is currently assistant vice president of academic affairs at Volunteer State Community College, which he joined in 2013. Torrence has 11 years of experience in higher education administration and nearly 23 years of full- and part-time teaching experience. He has served as dean/associate dean at Lehigh Carbon Community College in Pennsylvania and assistant dean of students at Keystone College.


Margaret Hamilton, president of Lane Community College in Oregon, has been appointed to the Sacred Heart Medical Center Community Health Board. Hamilton was a nurse before launching her 28-year career in community college administration.

Virginia R. Jones joins Patrick Henry Community College in Virginia as its new dean of student success and enrollment services. She has more than 20 years of experience working in education, both in administrative positions and as a faculty member, holding administrative positions in K-12 systems and two- and four-year institutions.

Erin Kohl has been named dean of business and applied arts at Madison Area Technical College in Wisconsin. Kohl served as interim dean before her status became permanent. She also was associate dean for more than two years. Her previous experience includes senior director of student support and retention and registrar for Lakeland College.

Sydney Richardson has joined Forsyth Technical Community College (North Carolina) as dean of college and career readiness. Previously, she worked at Salem College as director of the Writing Center, assistant professor of education and dean of adult education.


Linda Kurokawa, director of community education and workforce development at MiraCosta College in California, has received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Association of Community & Continuing Education. The association said Kurokawa embodies the award’s requirement of excellence, dedication and innovation, as she applies best practices and embraces new opportunities.

Kelly Morrissey, director of financial aid at Mount Wachusett Community College in Massachusetts, has been elected to serve a two-year term as a representative at large on the National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators board.

About the Author

Matthew Dembicki
is editor of Community College Daily.