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Francisco Rodriguez


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 of small businesses playing a critical role in revitalizing the local, regional and the national economy.


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 currently serves as Wells Fargo’s Lynchburg, Va., area president and southwest Virginia business banking manager.

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. 

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.

Effective Sept. 1, Lawrence Miller will become director of National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development (NISOD), which is part of the Community College Leadership Program at the University of Texas at Austin (UT-Austin). He is currently an educational consultant, and previously served as chief academic officer at Snead State Community College (Alabama). Miller, who holds a Ph.D. in educational administration and leadership from UT-Austin, last week suspended his campaign for a House seat in Tennessee when he accepted the NISOD position.

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.

Jianping Wang will serve as vice president of academic affairs at Ocean County College (New Jersey). She has more than 20 years of experience in leadership and management at community colleges, previously serving as dean of arts and humanities and associate dean of academic affairs at Westchester Community College (New York). Wang has also taught at Beijing University, Beijing Institute of Technology and the Harvard Graduate School of Education.

Tammy Kelly Watkins has been named assistant vice president for marketing and public relations at Delaware Technical Community College. During her 16-year tenure at 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 currently serves as 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 at 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 the digital media and design major.     

New trustees

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.