CEO on the move

Joseph Daisy will become chancellor of Kaua’i Community College in Hawaii, effective February 3, 2020. He has served as president of the College of Micronesia-Federated States of Micronesia since 2012.

Prior to that, at Cambridge College in Massachusetts, he was executive vice president; vice president for college affairs and enrollment management; assistant vice president for policy, research and communications; and director of research and evaluation. Also at Cambridge College, Daisy was a senior faculty member in the School of Education’s graduate programs in education, leadership and research; and founding director of the doctor of education degree program.


Jay K. Box, president of the Kentucky Community and Technical College System (KCTCS), plans to retire June 30, 2020. He has served as the second president of the system since 2014. A community college graduate himself, Box has more than 30 years of experience in community college leadership.

“His focus on student success was evident from day one, and he never lost that focus,” KCTCS Board of Regents Chair Gail Henson said of Box. “He has been a transformer for the system, catapulting Kentucky’s community colleges into the national spotlight with his work on the American Workforce Policy Advisory Board and the Rebuilding America’s Middle Class board.”

During a time when enrollment was flat or shrinking in Kentucky and nationwide, KCTCS set records for credentials awarded and program completion. Under Box’s leadership, Kentucky is now ranked eighth in the nation in credentials awarded by public two-year colleges.

Previously, Box was president of Kentucky’s Hazard Community and Technical College from 2002 to 2007, followed by serving as KCTCS vice president. In 2009, he was named chancellor and served in that role until being selected president of the system. Prior to joining KCTCS, Box was a vice president at McLennan Community College in Texas.

Among his accomplishments, Box was appointed to the American Workforce Policy Advisory Board by Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, who co-chairs the board with Advisor to the President Ivanka Trump. He also serves on the national board for Rebuilding America’s Middle Class, the Kentucky Business-Education Roundtable and is an ex-officio board member of the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce.

CEO obituary

Paul E. Meacham, a community college pioneer who was the first African-American to serve as president of a Nevada higher education institution and the first African-American graduate of the prestigious Community College Leadership Program at the University of Texas, Austin, has passed away.

Meacham was the longest-serving president of the College of Southern Nevada (CSN) and oversaw the college at a time of great growth. He spearheaded the effort to build the much-needed Charleston campus, now the college’s largest campus.

“Dr. Meacham was a giant in CSN’s past who changed the lives of thousands of college students. His legacy will continue to shape the college and the state of Nevada for generations to come,” said CSN President Federico Zaragoza.

After working as a college and high school band director early in his career, Meacham served in executive positions in the Dallas County Community College District and in the Austin Community College System. In 1983, he was named the fourth president of CSN, which then was was called Clark County Community College. After leaving CSN in 1994, Meacham spent another nine years in higher education as a tenured professor at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV). He was later named a professor emeritus at UNLV and president emeritus at CSN.

In 2015, CSN named the student services building on the Charleston campus after Meacham in honor of his steadfast dedication to the college and its students.


Patricia Sims, president of Drake State Community and Technical College in Alabama, is among 30 women representing education, medicine, law, politics and community service selected as Women Who Shape the State by the organization This is Alabama, a social media brand dedicated to telling the stories of people, places and culture throughout the state. She was particularly recognized for her work to establish and strengthen programs that bridge the gap between students and industry.


Darryl Jones is the new associate vice president for academic affairs at Hudson County Community College in New Jersey. He comes from HACC, Central Pennsylvania’s Community College, where he was vice president of the York campus. Prior to that, Jones spent 12 years at the College of New Rochelle (New York), where he held several leadership roles, including associate vice president of academic affairs.

Alan Smith is now dean of workforce development at Gadsden State Community College in Alabama. He previously was a building construction instructor at the Etowah County Career Technical School, where he taught carpentry, cabinet making, electrical wiring, plumbing and masonry.

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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.