CEO retirement

Edwin Massey, who has served as president of Indian River State College (IRSC) in Florida for 31 years, plans to retire when his contract ends on August 21, 2020. Massey has served at the college for 46 years, serving in roles that range from biology instructor to various positions in the administration.

Massey is regarded as a visionary by his colleagues and higher education professionals across the country. In addition to numerous other national accolades, he guided IRSC to the Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence in 2019. Massey’s presidency is synonymous with strategic and sustained growth, and an unwavering commitment to student success. During his tenure, all five of the college’s campuses have expanded, today encompassing over 700 acres and more than 1.5 million square feet of classrooms, lab space and operational facilities. Enrollment has increased more than 300 percent, and the number of degrees and certificates awarded annually has nearly doubled over the past decade.

“IRSC has been most fortunate to have an innovative, steady and principled leader serving as president for the past 31 years,” said IRSC Board Jose Conrado. “Dr. Ed Massey is truly one of a kind.”

In recognition of his outstanding leadership, Massey has received the 2013 Association of Community College Trustees’ Southern Regional Chief Executive Officer Award and the 2013 National CEO of the Year – Marie Y. Martin Chief Executive Award. He was the inaugural recipient of the Pete Hegener Leadership Award and in 2008 received the Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society Shirley B. Gordon Award of Distinction.

“I couldn’t have asked for a more rewarding and fulfilling professional career,” Masey said, noting that is a reflection of the people he has work with, from board members and faculty and staff, to business leaders, lawmakers and, of course, students.


John Downing is now vice president of continuing education at Cape Fear Community College (CFCC) in North Carolina. He had served as the college’s dean of continuing education since April 2018, and joined CFCC as director of workforce training and development in 2017.

Darryl Jones is the new associate vice president for academic affairs at Hudson County Community College in New Jersey, effective November 12. He comes from HACC, Central Pennsylvania’s Community College, where he was vice president of the York Campus.

St. Louis Community College has new leaders for key roles in workforce solutions, human resources and student affairs. Christine Davis has been named vice chancellor of student affairs, effective January 6; Tiffany Davis is director of the college’s workforce and talent development; and Robin Phillips is associate vice chancellor of human resources. Christine Davis is currently vice provost for student affairs at Florida SouthWestern State College. Previously, Tiffany Davis was director of staff development and learning solutions for the Maryland judicial system. Phillips worked for KIPP St. Louis as director of human resources.

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Matthew Dembicki
is editor of Community College Daily and serves as publications director for the American Association of Community Colleges.