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​(From top left) Mary Fifield, Richard Hagemeyer, Sr., Karin Hilgersom, Donna Imhoff, Vivian Mathews Presley and Mary Spilde

​New CEOs

Karin Hilgersom has been named president of Sullivan County Community College (New York). She currently serves as vice president for instruction at Central Oregon Community College. Previously, Hilgersom served as executive vice president of instruction at Walla Walla Community College (Oregon). At Spokane Community College, she was dean of arts and sciences, interim dean of liberal arts and vocational related education and a communications studies instructor.

Donna Imhoff has been named campus president of the Community College of Allegheny County (CCAC)–Allegheny Campus in Pennsylvania. She has led the campus on an interim basis since July 2011. Imhoff joined CCAC in 1985. She has served in several roles in the college’s administration and faculty. In 2008, she was named campus president of CCAC–North Campus and CCAC–West Hills Center. In 2012, Imhoff received the Pittsburgh YWCA 2012 Tribute to Women Leadership Award in Education.

Retirements

Vivian Mathews Presley, president of Coahoma Community College for more than two decades and the first woman to head a community or junior college in Mississippi, will retire June 30. Appointed president of Coahoma and superintendent of Coahoma Agricultural High School in 1992 following her tenure as counselor, vice president for institutional advancement and executive vice president, Presley has spearheaded significant growth in degree and career programs at the college. Under her leadership, Coahoma has experienced a 200-percent increase in enrollment since 1992 and more than $26 million in facility renovations and new construction. Presley has been honored as one of the Top Business Women in the Mississippi Delta by the Mississippi Business Journal and received the Rotary Club’s Paul Harris Fellow Award and Delta Sigma Theta’s National Recognition Award.

Kudos

Mary Fifield has received the distinction of president emerita of Bunker Hill Community College (BHCC) in Massachusetts, effective July 1. Fifield, who assumed leadership of the college in 1997, has previously announced that she would retire on June 30. With an enrollment increase of 117 percent since Fifield took office, BHCC has become the largest community college in Massachusetts and the eighth largest public institution of higher education in the commonwealth. Fifield presided over the establishment of a second campus in Chelsea and the construction on the Charlestown Campus of a 48,000-square-foot LEED Gold Certified Health & Wellness Center.

Mary Spilde, president of Lane Community College in Oregon, has been selected to receive the 2012 Eugene First Citizen Award. Presented by the Eugene Area Chamber annually since 1938, the award honors an outstanding individual who has made notable contributions to the community through business and community service efforts. Splide has provided the vision and leadership for the college’s new Downtown Campus, which includes an academic building to serve students, businesses and the community, and a student apartment building. The project is credited with stimulating $120 million in downtown revitalization projects.

Obituary

Richard Hagemeyer Sr., who in the early 1960s helped merge two schools to form Central Piedmont Community College (CPCC) in North Carolina—which he led for 23 years—died Dec. 26 at age 95. Hagemeyer came to North Carolina after serving at Henry Ford Community College in Michigan. Founded in 1963, CPCC merged Mecklenburg College, which had served mostly black students since 1949, with Central Industrial Education Center, a mostly white technical school. The merger during turbulent times in the South occurred several years before the county's public schools were integrated. Hagemeyer, who retired in 1986, had helped to build CPCC from its roots as small college with a dozen programs serving 1,600 students. Currently, CPCC is nationally recognized and offers more 100 degree, diploma and certificate programs serving about 60,000 students in credit and non-credit courses.

Appointments

Holly Bennett will join Palm Beach State College (Florida) on Jan. 28 as provost of the Belle Glade Campus. The Pennsylvania native has 20 years of higher education experience, including a background in workforce and economic development. She comes from Belmont College, a two-year college in Ohio where she has been serving as dean of workforce and economic development since 2009. Prior to that, Bennett was dean of college preparatory services at Mohave Community College (Arizona) and basic skills director at Cape Fear Community College (North Carolina).

Daryl Gehbauer will serve as vice president of finance and administration at Jefferson College (Missouri), effective Jan. 7. Most recently, Gehbauer served as senior director of financial shared services for Wal-Mart Stores.

Margarita (Margaret) Mosqueda has been named vice president of student and educational services at Delta College in Michigan. Mosqueda began her career in college admissions, and since has worked in a variety of student service roles at colleges and universities. She has been at Delta College since 1986, most recently serving as dean of student and educational services, equity officer and interim vice president.

Justin Tatar has been named assistant dean at Community College of Allegheny County (Pennsylvania)–Washington County Center. He has served in the role on an interim basis since June. Tatar joined the college in 2009 as director of admissions at CCAC–South Campus. Previously, he served in admissions and recruiting at Westmoreland County Community College (Pennsylvania).

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