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​(From top left) Jerry Faulkner, Joel Kinnamon, Erika Lacro, Elizabeth A. Miller, Patrick Schmitt and Carolane Williams

New CEOs

Jerry Faulkner is now the third president of Volunteer State Community College in Tennessee. Previously, he served as vice president for academic affairs at Cleveland State Community College since 2008. Before that, Faulkner was a faculty member, then department head for life sciences and later teacher education coordinator at Chattanooga State Community College (Tennessee).

Joel Kinnamon will serve as superintendent/president of the College of the Desert (California), effective July 9. He is currently chancellor of the Chabot-Las Positas Community College District (California). Before becoming chancellor, Kinnamon served the district as vice chancellor of educational services and planning for five years. He has also served at community colleges in Oklahoma, including provost at the Southwest Campus of Tulsa Community College.

Erika Lacro has been appointed chancellor of Honolulu Community College (HCC) in Hawaii, effective July 2. She is currently vice chancellor of academic affairs at HCC, a position she has held since 2007. Lacro previously served as assistant dean and director of student services, as well as director of internship and career development for the School of Travel Industry Management at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. Prior to joining the university, she was a quality training manager at a Hawaiian resort.

Elizabeth A. Miller has been named interim president of Allan Hancock College in California, effective June 20. She is currently the college’s associate superintendent/vice president for administrative services. Miller has served at the college since 1991 and in her current position since 2004. Prior to coming to Hancock, she was business manager for El Camino Community College District (California) from 1986-1991. 

Patrick Schmitt has been selected chancellor of the West Valley-Mission Community College District in California, effective July 1. He is currently president of Pierce College’s Puyallup Campus in Washington. Prior to becoming CEO at Pierce in 2010, Schmitt was campus executive officer and dean at the University of Wisconsin-Waukesha. He also worked at South Suburban College (Illinois) as associate dean, dean and associate vice president of instruction. In addition, Schmitt was a faculty member in theater arts at Pasco-Hernando Community College (Florida) and at the University of Tennessee-Knoxville.


Carolane Williams, president of Baltimore City Community College in Maryland, recently received the Dr. Marian C. Shivers Mentor Award from the National Council on Black American Affairs, an affiliate council of the American Association of Community Colleges. The award honors, in part, outstanding mentors who support the professional development and career goals of African-American staff in or aspiring to mid-level positions.


Debra Sutphen has been selected to serve as interim vice president of instruction at Sierra College in California. She is currently dean of liberal arts at the college. Sutphen began her career at Sierra in 1999 as a history professor. She was named associate dean in 2005 and dean in 2006.

Chris Breitmeyer will serve as the next vice president for academic and student affairs at St. Charles Community College (SCC) in Missouri. He has served as interim vice president since February. Previously, Breitmeyer was dean of math, science and health at the college. Prior to SCC, he was science department chair and a full-time faculty member at Yavapai Community College (Arizona).


Angela Acosta-Salazar, a member of the board of trustees at Rio Hondo College (California), was elected to serve as a trustee of the Community College League of California, which includes 72 community college districts in the state. Her three-year term begins June 15.