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John Berry will lead Central Ohio Technical College as its president, effective January 1. He previously served at the college as director of student life and also was dean of students for Ohio State University at Newark. He worked at the shared campus from 2000 to 2014. Berry is currently vice president of student affairs and college advancement at BridgeValley Community and Technical College in West Virginia. In addition, he previously served at Rhodes State College (Ohio) as vice president for student affairs and at Cape Fear Community College (North Carolina) as vice president for student services and student development.

Shawn Powell has been named president of Eastern New Mexico University-Roswell. Currently, he is vice president of academic affairs at Casper College in Wyoming. Powell retired from the U.S. Air Force and Air National Guard after 30 years of service. His military service included a tour at the U.S. Air Force Academy as an associate professor of behavioral sciences and leadership and director of the cadet counseling center. Powell was the founding director of the Wyoming National Guard Youth ChalleNGe Program and worked as a school psychologist in Wyoming public schools for 12 years. He is president of the American Board of School Psychology and past president of the Wyoming Psychological Association.

Kudos

Walter G. Bumphus, president and CEO of the American Association of Community Colleges, was recently honored by the Michigan Association of Community Colleges in recognition and appreciation of his exemplary contributions and commitment to supporting the mission of the state’s community colleges.

Obituary

Phail Wynn, Jr., who was the first African-American community college president in North Carolina as president of Durham Technical Community College, died suddenly of natural causes on July 24. He was 70. Wynn spent nearly three decades as the third president of Durham Tech. He significantly grew the college’s training and instruction in high technology areas and provided customized training programs to most of the firms in Research Triangle Park. Following his tenure at Durham Tech, Wynn went on to head a newly created office as vice president for Durham and regional affairs at Duke University in 2008. He retired in June. Wynn kept close ties to Durham Tech and served as the 2018 spring commencement keynote speaker in May.

After leaving the Army and completing advanced degrees at North Carolina State University, Wynn accepted the position of assistant to the president at then-Durham Technical Institute in 1977. Two years later, he was promoted to vice president of support services. In 1980, Wynn was appointed interim president and was named president later that fall at age 33.

Appointments

Carl DeCarlo will serve as dean of health and public safety at Western Technical College (Wisconsin), effective August 15. He previously was the chief of training and safety for the Kingsman (Arizona) Fire Department and was an instructor at the University of Illinois Fire Service Institute.

Jim Krupp, a retired Army aviation first sergeant, will serve as military outreach coordinator at Savannah Technical College in Georgia. He previously was a military and veterans programs specialist for Armstrong State University/Georgia Southern University for three years.

Kimberly M. Lowry has been named associate vice chancellor of student engagement and success at Houston Community College (Texas), effective September 4. Lowry currently is associate vice president for academic affairs and student success at Eastfield College (Texas).

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