Bonny Copenhaver will serve as the fourth president of New River Community and Technical College in West Virginia, effective January 2. Copenhaver has extensive experience in higher education, having held positions in areas ranging from faculty to fundraising, as well as academic roles including dean and provost. She is currently vice president of academic affairs and campus administration at Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College. In 2010, Copenhaver received the Woman of Achievement award from the Women in Higher Education in Tennessee.

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Connie Green will serve as interim president at Blue Mountain Community College in Oregon. She retired in 2017 from Tillamook Bay Community College, where she was president for more than six years. She also served for 30 years at Chemeketa Community College (Oregon), from faculty member to dean and chief information officer.


Susanne Adams, president of Brunswick Community College (BCC) in North Carolina, announced plans to retire in January after leading the college for seven years. As the college’s first female president, Adams joined BCC in 2011 with more than 35 years of experience in education, largely in the North Carolina and Virginia Community College systems. During her time at BCC, she steadfastly led the college through growth, campus expansion and reaccreditations. Adams also serves on the Community in Schools of Brunswick County board of directors, Novant Health board of directors, as a Shallotte Rotary member, member of Camp United Methodist Church and officer in the North Carolina Association of Community College Presidents.


Vicki Karolewics, president of Wallace State Community College in Alabama, has been named one of 2018’s Women Who Shape the State by This is Alabama and Birmingham magazines. Honorees are selected based on their service to make Alabama a better place by affecting their cities and regions across all the industries they serve — philanthropy, commerce, public service, nonprofit, small business and advocacy.


Reyna Anaya has joined the Community College of Aurora in Colorado as dean of student affairs. Previously, she was assistant director of community standards and conflict resolution at the University of Northern Colorado.

Avis McMillon is the new executive director of marketing and communications at the College of Southern Maryland. Previously, she was executive director of college relations at Brookdale Community College in New Jersey.

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