New CEOs

Jack Bagwell will take the helm as president of College of The Albemarle in North Carolina, as of December 2. He has served as vice president for academic affairs at Piedmont Technical College in South Carolina since 2014, and has 28 years of experience as a community college educator in the South Carolina system.

Shelley White will become the seventh president of Haywood Community College in North Carolina, effective January 1, 2020. She has served as vice president of economic and workforce development/continuing education at Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College for five years, and has been with the college for 18 years. During her tenure, White — an alumna of Isothermal Community College (North Carolina) — oversaw the development of the Composites Training Center of Excellence for GE Aviation’s expansion in Asheville, as well as the creation of A-B Tech’s Advanced Manufacturing Center. She also led partnerships and grant development to bring supportive services to short-term workforce training for students facing obstacles. White has served as state-level president of the North Carolina Community College Adult Educators Association.

Interim president

Jeff Sisk will serve as interim president of Jackson State Community College (Tennessee), his alma mater. He is currently president of the Tennessee Colleges of Applied Technology at Jackson and Whiteville. Sisk was appointed president of the Jackson campus in 2011 and the Whiteville campus in 2018. He has also served as an assistant director, student services counselor and instructor of computer information technology on various campuses in the technical college system.


Denis Boucher was recently appointed manager of culinary and hospitality programs at Northern Essex Community College in Massachusetts. He comes from Tompkins Cortland Community College in New York, where as director he oversaw a similar project, successfully developing a sustainable culinary lab, restaurant and event space.

Allana Hamilton will serve as the Tennessee Board of Regents’ new vice chancellor for academic affairs, effective October 16. She has been president of Jackson State Community College (Tennessee) for nearly three years, with a total of 28 years of experience as a faculty member and academic officer. In her new position, Hamilton will lead the Office of Academic Affairs in the system office and will be the chief academic officer for the College System of Tennessee, working with the presidents, faculty and academic officers of the 13 community colleges and 27 colleges of applied technology governed by the board.

Francisco Ramirez, a Grand Rapids Community College (Michigan) admissions and enrollment coordinator, will serve on the board of directors for the Lakeshore Ethnic Diversity Alliance, which works to ensure equal access and opportunity in the Lakeshore community for people of all ethnic backgrounds.

Philmika Red is now community connections coordinator at Central Virginia Community College (CVCC). This newly created position will provide comprehensive services for CVCC students in the areas of continuing care resources and nonclinical social work services, such as economic crisis intervention, student advocacy, mandated reporting, and referral coordination of on and off-campus community resources.

Brent Stubbs was named vice president of economic development at Savannah Technical College in Georgia. He was most recently the vice president of adult education at the college. He has also served at the college as dean for adult education, dean for general studies and vice president for adult education.

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Matthew Dembicki
Matthew Dembicki edits Community College Daily and serves as associate vice president of communications for the American Association of Community Colleges.