CEO on the move

Lawrence Rouse is the next president of Pitt Community College in North Carolina. He is currently president of James Sprunt Community College (North Carolina), where he has served since 2005. Rouse, who has more than 36 years of experience in community college administration, was named North Carolina Community College System’s President of the Year in 2016. Previously, Rouse was dean of students at Johnston Community College and associate vice president for enrollment management/dean of students at South Carolina’s Central Carolina Technical College (CCTC). He also served as director of cooperative education and placement services and as an admissions specialist with CCTC.

New CEOs

Paula P. Pando will become the next president of J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College in Virginia. She is currently senior vice president for student and educational services at Hudson County Community College in New Jersey. She joined the college in 2003 as an associate dean for student services and has since risen through the ranks, holding three different vice presidencies. Pando began her career in 1994 as the director of campus activities and programs at Saint Peter’s University in New Jersey. In 2000, she worked as a consultant for a New York firm, facilitating sensitivity and diversity training, among other topics.

Rosie Rimando-Chareunsap will serve as the next president of South Seattle College (SCC), effective July 1. Rimando-Chareunsap has been with the college since 2000 and currently is vice president of student services. Her roles at SSC have included director of student outreach, associate dean of student achievement and vice president of student services. Rimando-Chareunsap also serves on the executive committee of the Washington State Student Services Commission, White Center Community Development Association Board, and the Seattle University Student Development Administration Advisory Board. In addition, she serves as secretary of the National Asian Pacific Islander Council of the American Association of Community Colleges.

Interim president

Gregory T. DeCinque will serve as interim president at Tidewater Community College in Virginia effective July 1. He has presided over three different community colleges throughout his 44 year career in higher education, spending nearly 20 years as president of Jamestown Community College in New York before retiring in 2013. He served for nearly two years as interim president of Cayuga Community College in New York through the summer of 2015.

Acting president

Roger W. Davis is now acting president at Community College of Beaver County (CCBC) in Pennsylvania. He has served as the college’s executive vice president and provost since May 2016. At the CCBC, Davis spearheaded the launch of its first honors program and co-created the Center for Learning, Engagement and Innovation, which serves as the hub for all faculty and staff professional development on campus.


James F. Hall, who served for 15 years as the first president of Dutchess Community College (New York) and then another 15 years as president of Cape Cod Community College (Massachusetts) until his retirement in 1987, passed away May 1 at age 96.

Hall began his teaching career in social sciences in 1948 at Highland Park Junior College in Michigan. He later served as an administrative assistant to the president at New York City Community College; dean of student personnel services at Orange County Community College in New York; and assistant to the president and dean of the collegiate technical division of Ferris State College in Michigan. In 1957, he became the founding president of Dutchess Community College, and in 1972 was selected to be the third president of Cape Cod Community College.

Throughout his career, Hall was known as a passionate and outspoken advocate for public higher education. In the 1950s and 1960s he was a frequent speaker on behalf of establishing community colleges in all parts of the country, and he published several articles on community college education. He believed that the unique benefit provided by public higher education for all citizens was one of the greatest resources of our democratic nation.

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