Newsmakers

New CEOs

Lynn Ceresino Neault will be the next chancellor of the Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District in California, effective in January. She currently is vice chancellor of student services at the San Diego Community College District, a position she has held for 25 years. Neault began working at the district in 1983 as an administrative analyst in institutional research, and later served as director, associate director and coordinator of student services. From 2013 to 2014 she was interim president of San Diego City College.

Cynthia Spiers is now president of Rhodes State College (Ohio) after serving in an interim role since this spring. Previously, she was special assistant to the president at the college, and also served as vice president of student affairs, associate vice provost of student affairs and executive director of institutional effectiveness, among other positions. She joined the college in 1990 as a program assistant in admissions. She also previously taught at the college, as well as the University of Dayton and Bowling Green State University.

Appointments

At Waubonsee Community College in Illinois, Bernard Little is now dean for students and Jeffrey Gregor is dean for health professions and public service. Little most recently was assistant dean of students at DePaul University. Gregor has seven years’ experience in higher education, which includes serving as dean for health professions at Lane Community College and dean for healthcare, career, technical education and emergency medical services program director at Texas Southmost College.

Kudos

Constance Carroll accepts the Lifetime Leadership Award from J. Bruce Mayberry at the Central San Diego Black Chamber of Commerce Annual Gala. (Photo: SDCCD)

Constance Carroll, chancellor of the San Diego Community College District (SDCCD), has received the Lifetime Leadership Award from the Central San Diego Black Chamber of Commerce. Carroll has been SDCCD chancellor since 2004, after serving 11 years as president of San Diego Mesa College.

“Chancellor Carroll has spent a lifetime dedicating her whole being to bettering the community, to expanding access to a solid education, to ensuring that everybody, no matter their status, has an opportunity to become the best they can be,” said J. Bruce Mayberry, chair of the Central San Diego Black Chamber of Commerce board of directors.

Robert Rak, coordinator of environmental science and technology at Bristol Community College in Massachusetts, has received a Massachusetts Water Works Association 2019 Water Works Pride Award, which recognizes those in the profession who give the extra effort needed to make a positive impact. Rak oversees the college’s Blue Center for Water Technologies, which was established in response to the growing need for drinking water and wastewater industry technicians.

About the Author

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