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(From top left) Andrew Bowne, Sandra Mayo, Paul Parnell and Francisco Rodriguez.

New CEOs

Andrew Bowne will serve as chancellor of Ivy Tech Community College’s East Central Region (Indiana), effective Oct. 8. For the past seven years, Bowne has served as associate vice president/executive director of college advancement for Grand Rapids Community College (Michigan). From 2003-05, he was executive director of workforce training and economic development at the college.

Sandra Mayo is now president of Moreno Valley College in California. Mayo has more than 20 years of experience in higher education at Los Angeles Valley College and Santiago Canyon College. She also taught at the community college and high school level. Prior to her career in education, Mayo worked in the aerospace industry.

Paul Parnell is now serving as president of Norco College (California). He came to the college with 19 years of experience in higher education at Rio Hondo College and Chaffey College in California and Whatcom Community College and Skagit Valley College in Washington. Prior to his career in education, Parnell served for 22 years as a U.S. Air Force officer. 


Francisco Rodriguez, superintendent/president of MiraCosta College in California, has been named the Small Business Development Center (SBDC) Advocate of the Year by the San Diego & Imperial SBDC Network Advisory Council. He was recognized for his continued support for small businesses as being vital to the revitalization of the local, regional and national economy.

Maria Harper-Marinick, executive vice chancellor and provost of the Maricopa Community Colleges in Arizona, has been honored by the Victoria Foundation with its Dr. Alfredo G. de los Santos, Jr., Award. The award recognizes an individual who provides outstanding service to the greater Latino community through teaching, program creation or expansion, and educational innovations.


Mike Bradford will join Central Virginia Community College (CVCC) as vice president of institutional advancement and executive director of the CVCC Educational Foundation. He has 34 years of banking experience and is currently serving as Wells Fargo’s Lynchburg, Va., area president.

Leia Bell has been selected as dean of institutional advancement at Manchester Community College in Connecticut. Previously, Bell was director of advancement at Goodwin College where she managed the development of the Goodwin College Foundation. Prior to that, she was associate director of annual giving for the University of St. Joseph.

Donald Fisher, executive director of the Mid-South Quality Productivity Center, a partnership between Southwest Tennessee Community College and the Greater Memphis Chamber, has been appointed to the Tennessee Center for Performance Excellence (TNCPE) Panel of Judges. Every year, the panel plays an integral role in the TNCPE Award Program, which recognizes local, regional and statewide organizations that demonstrate excellence in business operations and results. All judges have been Baldrige National Quality Award examiners or have served on the TNCPE Board of Examiners. 

Liv Heggoy has been appointed director of development at Lord Fairfax Community College (LFCC) in Virginia and will also serve as executive director of the LFCC Educational Foundation. She has has served as assistant director of development at the college since 2010. From 1999 to 2010, Heggoy was vice president of the Council of Independent Colleges in Virginia, a consortium of 27 private colleges. 

Christine Mayer has joined Volunteer State Community College (Tennessee) as director of distance learning. She was most recently manager of instructional design and project management at the University of Missouri System in Columbia.

Daryl Minus is the new executive vice president for learning and student success at Craven Community College (CCC) in North Carolina. Previously, he served as vice president for student services at CCC since 2009. He has also held several administrative positions at community colleges and universities in Virginia, California, Maryland and Washington, D.C.

Christine Nguyen is now vice president of administrative services at Coastline Community College in California. She previously served as interim vice president for two years. Nguyen has also served as director of fiscal services at the college, as well as a budget and accounts payable manager with the college district.

Tim Sheehan is now vice president of government and community relations at Salt Lake Community College (Utah). Sheehan served as the college’s vice president of institutional advancement since 2010. He previously served as the state director to U.S. Sen. Bob Bennett for more than nine years as assistant deputy for communications and deputy for policy for former Utah Gov. Mike Leavitt.

Rajiv Soman has been named associate dean of academic affairs at the University of Cincinnati-Clermont College in Ohio. Soman comes to the college after serving at the University of Cincinnati for 18 years, most recently as a professor at the college of engineering and applied science, where he served as department head. Previously, he was an advanced analytical chemist at General Electric Aircraft Engines.

Susan Topham is the new dean of student development at San Diego Mesa College in California. Topham most recently served as dean of counseling and enrollment services at Cuyamaca College (California). She brings to Mesa more than 20 years of leadership and administrative experience in student services.

Jianping Wang will serve as vice president of academic affairs at Ocean County College (New Jersey). She has more than 20 years of leadership and management experience at community colleges, previously serving as dean of arts and humanities and associate dean of academic affairs at Westchester Community College (New York).

Tammy Kelly Watkins has been named assistant vice president for marketing and public relations at Delaware Technical Community College. During her 16-year tenure with Delaware Tech, Watkins has served in several marketing positions, including marketing operations manager and college-wide marketing coordinator.

Cuyahoga Community College in Ohio has several new administrative personnel in its creative arts division. Robert Kleinschmidt will serve as dean, effective Oct. 29. He is currently acting dean of language and arts at Ocean County College (New Jersey). Amy Carol Parks will serve as associate dean, as of Oct. 29. She is currently dean of the Levine School of Music in Washington, D.C. Chris Ludwa is now executive director of performing arts and music programs. Previously, he was a consultant for arts-in-education initiatives. Cigdem Slankard is now program manager of visual communications and design. She previously served at Baldwin Wallace College as program coordinator for digital media and design.     

At Lakeland Community College (LCC) in Ohio, Margaret Bartow is executive vice president and provost and dean of faculty, Deborah Hardy is associate provost for teaching and learning effectiveness, and William Kraus is associate provost for enrollment management. Bartow comes from Frederick Community College in Maryland where she served as vice president and chief academic officer. Prior to that, she served as chief academic officer at Lord Fairfax Community College in Virginia, where she was also an academic dean. Hardy served as LCC's dean of science, math, and health technologies since 2002. For the past year, she has served as interim dean/associate provost of counseling. Kraus served as associate vice president for strategic enrollment at the University of Akron since 2005.  Prior to that, he served as associate vice president for enrollment management at Buffalo State College (New York).

New trustees

Mark Albertson has been appointed to the Green River Community College (Washington) board of trustees by Gov. Chris Gregoire. His four-year term begins Oct. 1. Albertson is a lawyer who focuses on elder law, special needs planning and guardianships.

Rekah Strong, whose higher education began at Clark College (Washington), has been appointed to the college’s board of trustees by Gov. Chris Gregoire. Her term will begin Oct. 1. Strong serves as chief diversity and inclusion officer for Clark County, Wash.