Rio Hondo College Superintendent/President Teresa Dreyfuss has been named a 2019 Distinguished Woman of the Year for California’s 57th Assembly District in recognition of her contributions to the community. Dreyfuss, who retires on June 30, has served Rio Hondo College for more than 30 years, starting in 1987.

Mark Mitsui, president of Portland Community College (PCC) in Oregon, has been selected by the Portland Business Journal as one of its 2018 Executives of the Year. He was the only honoree representing a public agency or academic institution. In addition to his accomplishments, Mitsui was recognized for his commitment to opportunity and equitable student success by ensuring that PCC students are prepared for work and life, so that they become successful professionals and engaged citizens.

El Paso Community College President William Serrata has received from the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society its Shirley B. Gordon Award of Distinction. The honor is given to college presidents who have shown strong support of student success on their campus by recognizing academic achievement, leadership and service among high-achieving students at their colleges.


Grand Rapids Community College President Bill Pink has been appointed by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer to the Michigan Economic Development Corporation Executive Committee, overseeing the public-private partnership focused on creating jobs and boosting the state’s economy. MEDC works with more than 100 economic development partners, markets Michigan as a place to do business, assists businesses in their growth strategies, and fosters the growth of vibrant communities across the state.

Patrick Carpenter is now director of institutional advancement at Holyoke Community College in Massachusetts. He previously held advancement positions at Westfield State University as a major gifts officer.

Paul Moore has been promoted to serve as dean of academic affairs for the business pathway at Broward College in Florida. He has served at the college as an adjunct professor, full-time tenured professor and associate dean within the business pathway.


Former Sen. Ernest F. Hollings, known as the father of the South Carolina Technical College System, died April 6 at the age of 97. As governor from 1959 to 1963, Hollings championed technical education as a way to expand economic and educational opportunities for all South Carolina residents.

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